What is the Required Parenting Class for Divorce in Florida?

What is the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course?

Co-parenting can be challenging at times, but there are many things that you can do to make it more productive and easier for all concerned. Taking a parenting class can be the first step in helping ensure a smoother transition for you and your children as you transition through the divorce process.

Florida Statute 61.21 requires that both parents involved in a divorce take and complete the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course if they have children under 18 years old. This course usually takes four hours, can be done on-line or in a physical classroom, and must be approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families. It is important to understand that even if parents agree on all of the terms of the divorce, Florida requires that both parents take the course and provide proof of completion before a court will finalize the divorce.

What is the Course About?

Divorce is difficult on everyone who is involved, but children can especially be impacted by the legal issues and emotional strain. In the state of Florida, when it comes to divorce, parenting is taken very seriously. The Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course is designed to help you prepare a reasonable and realistic Parenting Plan that is in the best interest of your child.

The course content provides a variety of information to help you and your spouse understand the dynamics of your family and how the process of separation and/or divorce will impact your children. The course topics include the legal aspects of deciding the child-related issues that need to be resolved between parents, and ways of coping with the emotional aspects of separation and divorce on the children, as well as on you as a parent. The goal of the program is to help with personal and family recovery during and following a divorce, and to help promote stable family relationships.

Where is the Course Offered?

There are several options available to you through your county, as well as many on-line programs. Just be sure that the method you select is approved by the Florida Department of Children and also approved by your county. Our firm, In Law We Trust, P.A. can help you find the best resource for taking the course on a schedule that works for you, and inform you about the course completion deadline as it relates to your specific divorce proceedings.

How Can the Services of An Attorney Help Me?

Raising children is never an easy task, but taking a parenting class will better prepare you, as a father, for the changes that occur during separation and divorce. To develop a solid Parenting Plan and to help ensure the welfare of your children during the divorce process, put your mind at ease by contacting the family law attorneys at In Law We Trust, P.A. We have the experience and compassion to assist you every step of the way!

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In Law We Trust, P.A. is a premier firm of divorce lawyers representing men in family law proceedings. We are uniquely positioned to assist our clients with the challenges men face in Florida’s court system. Call us today and get the proper representation men need and deserve.

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