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28 William Mitchell Law Review 889 (2001)


Between 1994 and 1998, the number of states offering parent education classes for divorcing couples quadrupled. The State of Minnesota participated in this trend with the passage of Minnesota Statutes Section 518.157 requiring that each judicial district implement a parent education program. Parent education at the time of divorce seems to constitute sound public policy. However, no final conclusions can be drawn without asking the question, "What do the parents think about mandatory divorce education?" Part II of this article will examine the societal and legal context of divorce education for parents and the response of the court system. Part III will compare and contrast divorce education strategies among the states. Part IV will outline and discuss the legal framework for divorce education in Minnesota. Part V will present the preliminary findings of a research study concerning participants' perceptions of a mandatory parent education program conducted in a single Minnesota county.


This article is co-authored by Solveig Erickson.

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