Sometimes, despite their best efforts, parents who are going through a divorce simply cannot see eye-to-eye when it comes to making decisions regarding child custody and visitation. If this happens, they must take classes. Two are required, and then they have a choice as to the third.
One of the required courses is the Hennepin County Education Video With Mediation. This course comes at no cost to parents. It takes place at a number of locations and dates, and lasts three hours and 30 minutes.
The second required course is the LEAD Program. LEAD stands for Legal and Economic Aspects of Divorce. This course costs $20 per individual taking it. It lasts for one hour and 30 minutes. After completing the course, the individual will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate then has to be filed with the court.
Parents then have a choice as to what the third course will be. They can choose either the Chrysalis Shared Parenting course or the Storefront Co-Parenting Program.
Divorce can be an acrimonious time for some parents, and decisions regarding child custody and visitation are often emotionally charged, as both parents may want to spend as much time with their child as possible. Attorneys in Minnesota can try to help their client reach an agreement out-of-court with his or her ex regarding child custody and visitation, but if this is not possible, they can provide legal advocacy to their client throughout the divorce litigation process. They can explain all the legal requirements their client must meet, including any mandatory courses their client must complete.
The attorneys at the law office of Terzich & Ort, LLP, work closely with their clients to establish custody arrangements that take into account their client's parental rights. Their webpage on child custody and visitation may be a good resource of information for parents who are having trouble coming to an agreement with their ex regarding child custody and visitation.