In Illinois, parents with minor children who are part of a court case involving custody or visitation must complete a parent education program. This could be in a divorce or if a parent asks the court to change a Parenting Plan or an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities.
The parent education class teaches parents how to improve communication skills and avoid hurting their children during the court case. Both parents must take this class within 60 days after the first meeting with the judge. The class will take at least 4 hours, and parents can attend in person or online. A parent may not take the class with the other parent or with their children. The cost of the course varies by location. It may be adjusted based on a parent’s income or waived by the court.
After the course is completed, the parent receives a certificate of completion. Not all parent education programs are approved by the courts. Contact the local circuit clerk for information about authorized programs and how to prove that the course was completed.