Understanding Florida’s Required Co-Parenting Class for Divorce and Paternity: A Guide for Parents

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Divorce and paternity cases can be difficult and emotional, especially when children are involved. In Florida, parents who are going through a divorce or establishing paternity are required to take a court-approved co-parenting class. The purpose of the class is to help parents learn how to co-parent effectively and reduce conflict for the benefit of their children.

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Parenting Class Completion is Mandatory

With divorce cases invoving minor children, both parents must complete the parenting class before a final judgment can be entered in a divorce or paternity case. Each parent will be issued a certificate of completion after the class, and these certificates must be filed in your case.  Failure of one, or both parents, to complete the class can result in delays in the court process.

Most Florida Counties Accept Online Parenting Class Certificates

Most Florida counties, with the exception the five listed to the right, permit an online parenting class.  These five counties may permit an online class if you demonstrate extenuating circumstances, such as being a deployed member of the military. It is always best to call the clerk of court for guidance prior to purchasing an online parenting class.

Online Co-Parenting Class Topics

The four-hour long co-parenting class covers a comprehensive range of topics related to co-parenting, including:

  • The effects of divorce and separation on children of different age groups and effective ways to handle their reactions
  • Managing emotions during and after a divorce or paternity case for both parents
  • Developing a co-parenting plan and navigating the responsibilities that come with co-parenting, such as creating time-sharing arrangements that meet the child’s needs
  • Effective communication techniques with the other parent to minimize conflict and promote positive outcomes for the child
  • Legal information related to child support and visitation, including the rights and obligations of each parent
  • Identifying and responding to signs of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect
  • Learning about available community resources for support and intervention to promote a healthy family environment.


In summary, the court required divorce parenting class in Florida is designed to help parents learn how to co-parent effectively and reduce conflict for the benefit of their children. Parents should take the class seriously and apply the lessons learned in their own co-parenting relationship. 

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