Saturday, August 20, 2016

Parenting Classes in Will County - status as of August 2016

Illinois' Supreme Court Rules require that anyone getting a divorce complete parenting classes before the divorce is granted. In Will County judges often require that the parents complete the parenting classes in paternity cases as well. Sometimes the requirement can be waived when the only minor child is 17 years old. IMPORTANT: You will not be able to complete your divorce unless the parent that files for the divorce completes the parenting class and has his or her certificate of completion at the final court date. If the parent that didn't file the divorce refuses or fails to complete the class, the judge usually suspends his or her court-ordered parenting time/visitation - at least  until the class is completed and the certificate filed with the court.

Traditionally in Will County, the University of Saint Francis conducted all the parenting classes in person at one of their facilities. The registration process started at:

www.stfrancis.edu/content/solutions/parenting/register.htm - cost: $90.00

If you are unable to personally attend the class above because you are out of state or have some other valid reason, you may need to ask your judge to excuse you from the court approved classes. You should get the judge's permission BEFORE you take a class not approved. Here are some alternatives generally approved as alternatives:

www.children1stfoundation.net - cost: $80.00

www.dupageco.org/FamilyCenter/OnlineTraining/ - cost: $50.00 (must have Windows computer)