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CT Family Law Update: Court Mandated Parenting Education Programs May Now Be Completed Online

Connecticut Court Mandated Parenting Education Programs May Now Be Completed Online

In any family law matter involving minor children, Connecticut law requires that the parties (married or unmarried) complete a parenting education program. The parenting education program is a six hours class, which may be offered in two three-hour classes, or in three two-hour classes. The purpose of the program is to educate parents about the many issues their child or children face when their family situation changes.

Prior to the current pandemic, these parenting education programs were conducted throughout the State of Connecticut and required each party to attend in-person. Once completed by a party, the program would send to the Court a Certificate of Completion to be included in that party’s Court file.

In response to the current pandemic, the Connecticut Judicial Branch has announced that these parenting education programs will be offered virtually until further notice Five (5) locations will offer Court Certified programs:  

These programs will fulfill the parenting education requirement, once completed the program will forward a Certificate of Completion to the Court. 



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