Bill would require divorced couples to attend parenting classes


A bill unanimously approved by a Minnesota House panel would require all divorcing couples with minor children to attend parenting classes.

KSTP reports the proposal upgrades the current law which only requires parents in contested divorces to take classes, though many manage to skip out on the courses citing time constraints or money concerns.

Bill Doherty, a University of Minnesota professor of family social science tells KSTP that it's easy for divorced parents to put children in the middle of their conflicts. The course helps parents avoid this.

The measure would also improve classes currently offered by adding an online option and cutting course length and cost in half.

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