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Dane County Family Court Services

Parent Education Program

When Parent Education is ordered, both parents must attend. If litigants have previously attended Parent Education within the last 4 years, the requirement may be waived by Family Court Services (FCS), the judge, or the court commissioner. Parent Education may be completed at another agency if approved in advance by the Family Court Services Director. Parent Education must be completed within 45 days of the Court’s referral.

Program Goals

The first step in Family Court Services, is attending the mandatory Parent Education (PE) program. The goals of PE include:

  1. Helping parents understand the impact of parental conflict on their children and ways to help children adapt to having parents living separately.
  2. Providing information about the FCS mediation and study process and the Dane County Family Court process.