Frequently Asked Questions2021-11-26T10:31:36+00:00

Q & A – WHY PARENT EDUCATION?

General FAQs

Are all parent education courses the same?2021-11-25T11:02:07+00:00

The topics are equivalent. The differences lie in the presentation and the style they are presented.

In-person learning is more time-intensive and will require multiple sessions. For this reason, they are more expensive than most online courses. Availability of in-person classes is limited, and parents may have to travel a distance to attend.  Childcare, work requirements, travel time, and expense are all barriers to attending an in-person course.

Is the time commitment the same for all online parent education courses?2021-11-25T11:04:59+00:00

Depending on the structure of the course, time commitments will vary.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of in-person and online Parent Education?2021-11-25T11:05:59+00:00

In-person Parent Education provides the advantage of live discussion, but discussion and break requirements add to the time commitment. There are fewer in-person courses to choose from than online parent education programs, and in-person classes are generally more expensive.

There are fewer barriers to attending an online parent education course because parents need not travel or hire childcare.  They work at their own pace and do not need to alter their daily commitments to participate in a class.

Online Parent Education will require a basic knowledge of their mobile device or personal computer, access to a working email, and the internet.

What are the benefits of attending parent education?2021-11-25T11:01:48+00:00

Many parents who have taken the Impact Parent Education course commented that they wish they had taken the course sooner because it was so helpful.

What are the topics covered in a Parent Education course?2021-11-25T11:01:41+00:00

Legal matters include court hearings and procedures, custody, divorce financial considerations, child support, Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, domestic violence, and economic considerations.

Parenting matters include parenting time, parental conflict, child-centered decision-making, loyalty conflicts and alienation, competition between parents, emotional needs of children, and blended family challenges.

Parental cooperation topics include conflict resolution, improving communication, stress reduction, support network, grief, emotions, and moving forward.

What does parent education do?2021-11-25T11:02:15+00:00

Parent education does not teach parents to parent. It empowers parents to co-parent effectively and make child-centered decisions before and after the court case ends.

What is parent education for divorce or separation?2021-11-25T11:03:55+00:00

Parent education provides information and support to divorcing, separated, and unmarried parents.

Why do the courts order parent education?2021-11-25T11:02:22+00:00

Informed parents make better decisions with less court involvement, which saves courts and parents time and money on legal costs.

FAQs about the Impact Parent Education Program

Are there printable materials provided by the Impact Parent Education Program?2021-11-25T11:09:14+00:00

The Impact Parent Education program provides a downloadable E-book as part of the course benefits.

Does Impact Parent Education require special internet or computer skills?2021-11-25T11:07:45+00:00

There are no unique computer or internet skills needed to take the online Impact Parent Education course other than basic knowledge of your device.

Parent reviews have reflected that the Impact Parent Education course is personable, easy to understand, and engaging, and that the simple and easy to navigate.

How do I get my Certificate of Completion?2021-11-25T11:12:41+00:00

The Certificate of Completion is issued immediately upon completion of the course.

Be sure to register with your proper name and use appropriate capitalization to ensure that the spelling of your name is correct on your Certificate of Completion.

How do I register for the Impact Parent Education course?2021-11-25T11:12:48+00:00
How long does it take to complete the Impact Parent Education course?2021-11-25T11:06:45+00:00

The course takes approximately 4.5  hours to complete. Still, time commitment might vary depending on the needs of each parent.

Is Impact Parent Education the same program as Impact-based Parent Education for Divorce and Separating Parents?2021-11-25T11:07:16+00:00

It is the same course, but the name was simplified.

Is the Impact Parent Education for Divorce and Separating Parents approved by the Minnesota courts?2021-11-25T11:08:39+00:00

The Impact Parent Educational course is listed on the Minnesota Judicial System’s website as an approved online parent education program for divorce and separating parents and meets the requirements for parent education court orders in Minnesota family courts.

What are the topics in the Impact Parent Education Program?2021-11-25T11:13:04+00:00
  • Legal matters include court hearings and procedures, custody, divorce financial considerations, child support, Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, domestic violence, and divorce financial considerations.
  • Parenting matters include parenting time, parental conflict, child-centered decision-making, loyalty conflicts and alienation, decreasing competition between parents, addressing the emotional needs of children, and blended family challenges.
  • Parental topics include conflict resolution, communication, stress reduction, how grief stages of divorce differ from other grief processes, and suggestions to help manage the emotions that are part of the healing process.
What do I do with my Certificate of Completion?2021-11-25T11:12:14+00:00

Keep a printed and electronic copy for future reference.  Forward a copy of the certificate to your attorney, if you have retained one. If you do not have an attorney, provide a copy to the court administration office where you case is filed.  If you are completing online dissolution documents, attach a copy of the Certificate of Completion to your Joint Petition.

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