ILLINOIS

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In Illinois, each judicial circuit or county is responsible for creating or approving a parenting education program.
 
Please be sure your circuit and/or county has approved our parenting education program before purchasing.  

30 Day Enrollment

Course Price:

$30.00

5 Day Extension Price:

$5.00

Mandatory 4-Hour Parenting Education Program

Disclaimer 

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Course Description

This course is a four-hour, timed, online Parenting Education Program, and satisfies the requirement of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5, Section 404.1 (2016), which states that, "[i]n an action for dissolution of marriage involving minor children, or in a post-judgment proceeding involving minor children, the court may on its own motion order the parties, excluding the minor children, to attend an educational program concerning the effects of dissolution of marriage on the children, if the court finds that it would be in the best interests of the minor children."  This course is a web-based course and is available online through our website.

Course Objectives
  1. Educate parents about the impact parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities has on children.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  2. Learn how to prevent harm to children throughout the process of divorce.

    1. Learn about toxic stress and harm to children.

    2. 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;

    3. Communicating With Children in a Divorce Situation – Information about discussing divorce-related issues with children in reference to the developmental stage of the child.

    4. 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.

    5. Learn about protective factors.

  3. Legal Concepts – General information about Illinois 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.

Laws and Rules
  • This course satisfies the requirements of Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5, Section 404.1 (2016), which states that, "[i]n an action for dissolution of marriage involving minor children, or in a post-judgment proceeding involving minor children, the court may on its own motion order the parties, excluding the minor children, to attend an educational program concerning the effects of dissolution of marriage on the children, if the court finds that it would be in the best interests of the minor children." 

  • This course is in compliance with Rule 924, Part B Illinois Supreme Court Rules (2006 & Suppl. 2016).

Links to Circuit Courts

NOTICE:  In Illinois, each judicial circuit or county is responsible for creating or approving a parenting education program. The following is a list of all the Illinois judicial circuit courts.  Please be sure your circuit and/or county has approved our parenting education program before purchasing.  Jurisdictions where this parenting education program has been approved will be noted APPROVED.

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Links to the Circuit Courts: