4 Hour Parenting Education and Family Stabilization
DISCLAIMER – The components of the parenting course are intended for educational purposes only. The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute mental health therapy, give information on specific mental health disorders nor medications to treat mental health disorders. Participants are encouraged to discuss specific mental health questions with a licensed mental health therapist of their choice.
The legal component of the parenting course shall provide general Florida family law principles. The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute legal advice and the course material must direct the participant to consult with a licensed attorney for answers to specific legal questions.
This course is in compliance with Amended Rules 65C-32.001-.008, F.A.C.
You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the post-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion. You will also be required to complete a course evaluation. Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, you will be able to retrieve your certificate of completion.
This course is a four-hour, timed Parent Education and Family Stabilization course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and satisfies the requirement of Florida Statute 61.21, which states that "...[a]ll parties to a dissolution of marriage proceeding with minor children or a paternity action that involves issues of parental responsibility shall be required to complete the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course prior to the entry by the court of a final judgment [and] ... [a]ll parties to a modification of a final judgment involving a parenting plan or a time-sharing schedule may be required to complete a court-approved parenting course prior to the entry of an order modifying the final judgment." This course is a web-based course and is available online through our website.
Divorce as Loss – Recognizing divorce as the loss of the current family structure and processes experienced by adults and children in working through loss. In addition, a distinction shall be made between loss of the current family structure and the continuing parental role;
Permanency of Parental Role / Shared Parenting – Information about how children are positively impacted by a continuing relationship with both parents and the types of support children need from both parents;
Developmental Stages of Childhood – This component shall include information on the developmental stages of childhood, as well as how a divorce may impact development, what parents can do to minimize the impact of the divorce, and when to seek additional help for a child experiencing problems;
Communicating With Children in a Divorce Situation – Information about discussing divorce-related issues with children in reference to the developmental stage of the child;
Communicating With the Other Parent – The negative impact of a parent expressing anger toward the other parent in front of the children, the benefits to children of keeping them out of the middle of parental conflict, and how to establish a relationship with the other parent which shall minimize the children's exposure to parental conflict;
Abuse – Includes information on the power and control dynamics of domestic violence and the statewide toll-free domestic violence hotline telephone number where services may be accessed. An explanation of child abuse and neglect and the statutory mandate to report such incidences to the Child Abuse Hotline, in addition to the penalties for false reporting;
Legal Concepts – General information about Florida family law, including references to statutory definitions as they relate to court issues involving divorcing parents with minor children and financial responsibilities to the children; and
Parenting Time – Information about the benefits to children of maintaining a stable and consistent relationship with both parents, suggestions about how to develop a parenting plan, and effective communication between the parents about parenting time.
Laws and Rules
This course satisfies the requirements of Florida Statute 61.21, which states that "...[a]ll parties to a dissolution of marriage proceeding with minor children or a paternity action that involves issues of parental responsibility shall be required to complete the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course prior to the entry by the court of a final judgment [and] ... [a]ll parties to a modification of a final judgment involving a parenting plan or a time-sharing schedule may be required to complete a court-approved parenting course prior to the entry of an order modifying the final judgment."
This course is in compliance with Rule 65C-32 of the Florida Administrative Code.
Links to Circuit Courts
NOTICE: Some Florida counties have Administrative Orders requiring parents to take the Course in a live classroom setting. Before taking a distance learning course, please contact your local Family Court Office to ensure that distance learning courses are accepted.