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Parenting Education

Rule 34 of the Rules of the Court requires all parents of minor children who are ending their marriages or legally separating to complete a Court approved divorce seminar before parental rights will be allocated. The seminar is focused on the needs of the children whose parents are ending their marriages. The seminar will cover the effects on a family and impact on the children of ending the marriage and behaviors parents should avoid.

Each parent who completes the seminar will receive a certificate which he or she must file with the Clerk of Courts or present to the Court.

Only parents who have completed a Court approved seminar will be allocated rights and responsibilities or shared parenting. Parents who have not completed a Court approved seminar will not be able to modify an allocation of parental rights and responsibilities and will not be able to enforce a parenting time schedule.

The Education Network for Divorcing Families is the approved provider of the parenting education course. The seminar is presented six times a month at three different locations. To register for the seminar call (216) 671-1919 Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on locations and times go to
http://www.beechbrook.org/divorce-education-seminar. The seminar costs $45.00 per parent.

For Spanish speaking parents and parents living outside of Ohio, Children in Between is an additional approved provider. Children in Between offers an on-line course in English and Spanish. This course is available at
http://online.divorce-education.com/. This seminar costs $45.95 per parent.