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Extension is expanding its online education and resources while in-person events and classes are canceled.

Parents Forever 4-Hour Online Course

This is the 4-hour version of the online course. For Minnesota, see the Parents Forever 8-Hour Online Course for Parents.

Parents Forever is an educational program for families experiencing a:

  • Divorce.

  • Separation.

  • Change in custody.

Parents and other caregivers take a course like Parents Forever™ for several reasons. Usually they fall into two groups:

  • They were told to take a parent education course by their judge, court personnel or attorney.

  • They were concerned about their own and their children’s wellbeing after a family transition.

University of Minnesota Extension has partnered with North Dakota State University Extension Service and University of Wisconsin Extension to create an updated version of the 4-hour Parents Forever course. This version does not meet the minimum standards for those going through the Minnesota court system.




If the course has been required, get judge/attorney pre-approval

Even though most parents have had no difficulty getting the course accepted, we still recommend that you check that your judge/attorney will accept the online version of the course (before registering) if it has been required.


You will register through the University of Minnesota online registration system. This system uses pop-ups.

Follow the instructions and provide the required information. This registration system will:

  • Guide you to "create a new guest account" to use for the course. If you have a University of Minnesota x500 internet ID/password, you will skip this step.

  • Collect basic information about you, needed by the course instructor.

  • The cost for this course is $69 (Required as a credit card payment). You will receive access to online versions of the Parents Forever Parent Handbook and more as part of your registration fee.

  • Give you the link to immediately access the online course.

After you register, you will gain immediate access to the course. You can access the online course anytime and complete it within the given time allotment.

Register now

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