The purpose of this article is to explain Illinois court ordered
parenting classes and answer some of the most frequently asked questions
regarding parent education.
to Illinois law, parenting classes are required
whenever parents of minor children are engaged in a court proceeding involving
allocation of parenting time and responsibility, formerly referred to as
custody and visitation. This includes post-judgment cases involving modification
of parenting time and responsibility or relocation of the child.
a parent can demonstrate good cause that he or she should be excused from court
ordered parenting classes, the judge may excuse that parent from completing the
course. The court must find that excusing the parent from completing the
parenting class is in the best interest of the child and must document the
court’s reasoning in the court record.
stated purpose of court ordered parenting classes, according to the DuPage County and Cook County courts is as follows:
must take a court-approved parent education program in order to get credit for
meeting your requirement. Many programs falsely claim to be court
approved. Therefore, it is important to go to the website of the court
that has jurisdiction over your case in order to find a list of the approved
programs. You can find a list of the court approved parenting
programs for DuPage County