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.
According 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.
If 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.
The stated purpose of court ordered parenting classes, according to the DuPage County and Cook County courts is as follows:
You 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 here: https://www.dupageco.org/Community_Services/Family_Center/1616