Parent Education Requirements

MILWAUKEE COUNTY RESIDENTS:

If your divorce is taking place in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, both you and your spouse are required to attend an approved parent education program of at least four hours in length regarding the effect of a divorce action on your children. Attendance is mandatory and you will not be able to be divorced in Milwaukee County unless an attendance form is on file with the Family Court Commissioner’s office, even if you and your spouse do not have any disputed issues regarding the children. Please provide us with a copy of the attendance report form that you will receive when you attend this session. We require you, as our client, to attend this class within forty-five (45) days of the date of this letter.

If there are disputed issues, prior to the court permitting you and your spouse to mediate these issues, you will need to attend the approved Parent Education Program. Therefore, it is critical that you contact one of the following agencies to register and attend the Parent Education Program as soon as possible so this requirement can be fulfilled and your case progress on schedule. Please note that you must find out from the program if they are offering a parent education program which is approved by Milwaukee County (as agencies do drop out of the program). The program is entitled “Children Cope with Divorce”.

  • Lutheran Social Services (281-4400)
  • Family Services of Milwaukee County (342-4560)
  • Catholic Charities (769-3400)
  • Jewish Family Services (390-5800)
  • Achievement Associates (241-5099)

OTHER WISCONSIN RESIDENTS:

Most counties require that both you and your spouse attend an approved parent education program of at least four hours in length regarding the effect of a divorce action on your children. Attendance in most counties is mandatory and you will not be able to be divorced unless an attendance form is on file with the Family Court Commissioner’s office, even if you and your spouse do not have any disputed issues regarding the children. Please provide us with a copy of the attendance report form that you will receive when you attend this session. We require you, as our client, to attend this
class within forty-five (45) days of the date of this letter. Please contact your local Family Court Commissioner's office for further details if you do not receive information on requirements..

We suggest that you take the parenting class at your earliest possible convenience as it may help you and your family in coping with the divorce.