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Missouri Requires Divorcing Parties with Minor Children Take a Class

By April 21, 2012July 21st, 2023Divorce

The Family Court of St. Louis County, St. Charles County, and the City of St. Louis require all divorcing parents with at least one child in common under age 19 to attend a Parent Education Class sponsored through the court.  This class covers the impact of divorce on adults as well as children, and presents ways to help the family cope with changes resulting from the divorce process.  The class focuses on increasing cooperation between divorcing parents with an emphasis upon reducing potential trauma for children.  The Petitioner must attend class within 45 days after filing the Petition for Dissolution. The Respondent must attend class within 45 days after service of the Petition, or the filing of a voluntary entry of appearance and waiver.

  •  If your case was filed in St. Louis County, please call (314) 863-3310 to set up an appointment.
  • If your case was filed in the City of St. Louis, please call (314) 909-9922 to set up an appointment.
  • If your case was filed in St. Charles County, please call (636) 949-2227 or (636) 332-6000 to set up an appointment.

Several locations and class times are available each week.  The cost is $50.00 per person, and attendance is reported to the court.  After attendance, please forward to your attorney the certificate of completion of attendance at this class.

There may be an online option for the required Parent Education Class but is important for you to check with the county and local circuit court in which you filed before enrolling to see if the online class is acceptable.


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