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Information about the mandatory parenting classes in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County, Oregon. February 10, 2008

Posted by csstephens in Child Custody, Dissolution, Grandparents, Modification.
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istock_000004700105xsmall.jpg As a divorce lawyer in downtown Portland Oregon, I frequently get asked about the parenting class requirements for family law cases in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington county. Some people already know of the class requirement, some don’t. A common reaction on learning of the class is “Me? Need a parenting class? Why?” A series of questions usually follows. “What is the cost? How long is the class? Can I waive it? Will I have to attend with my spouse?” The following is our effort to summarize the court’s authority to require the class, the reasons behind the class, and provide information about the classes in the tri-county area.

ORS 3.425 gives each family court department (or presiding judge) the power to set up a family law education class for parents in family law cases. The purpose of the class is to inform parents about the impact of family restructuring on children in family law litigation. If the county establishes a class, the class must include at a minimum information about: (1) The emotional impact of a divorce or separation on children at different developmental stages, (2) Parenting during and after a divorce or separation, (3) Custody , parenting time, and shared parenting plans, (4) The effect on children of parental conduct, and (5) Mediation and conflict resolution. The class may be required in divorce, annulment, legal separation cases, custody or parenting time petitions, modification of custody or parenting time actions, and enforcement actions. Our three local counties in the metro area (Multnomah, Clackams, and Washington) have all adopted mandatory parenting class programs.

Multnomah County: The court’s rules about the class are located in Multnomah County Supplemental Local Rule 8.125. The class is required for parties to divorces, annulments, legal separations, petitions for paternity and custody or parenting time, and modification actions if a parent has not previously completed the class. The class costs $45 – $60, depending on how fast you register. The class is one session and takes three hours. Online information about the Multnomah County class can be found at Family Court Services website. You can register online, or register by phone by calling (503) 988-3037.

Washington County: The court’s rules about the class are located in Washington County Supplemental Local Rule 8.102. The class is required for the following cases where the parties have children under the age of 17: divorce, annulment, legal separation, petitions for custody or parenting time, modification of custody and parenting time, and filiation cases. The cost of the class is $145 per adult. You can pay for the class with Visa, MasterCard, debit card, and money orders. The class consists of four (4) ninety minute workshops. Classes are scheduled weeknight evenings and Saturday mornings. You can find the Registration packet for Kids’ Turn, the class schedule, and a FAQ here. You can register for the class by returning the above packet or by calling the Kids’ Turn office (503) 846-0665.

Clackamas County: The court’s rules about the class are located Clackamas County Supplemental Local Rule 8.015. The class is required for the following types of cases where the parties have a child under the age of 18: Annulment or dissolution of marriage actions, legal separation actions, petitions to establish custody or visitation, and post-judgment litigation involving custody or visitation. The cost of the class is $60, but is reduced to $45 if your register within 45 days of filing your case. The class is one session, 3 ½ hours, held Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can register on the web, by fax at (503) 650-5656, by mail, by phone at (503) 655-8415, or in person at 2051 Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045. The registration link is here. The FAQ put out by Clackamas County Family Court Services about the Parent Education Program is here.

Our recommendation is to take the mandatory class as early as possible in the process. You may learn something to help your kids, and you won’t irritate the court.

Comments»

1. ashi - February 11, 2008

nice article…

2. ALI M. KHASHAB - June 8, 2008

I wish to take for parenting class as it is required for my divorce case. Please schedule a time for me to take the class on a Saturday as a first choice or any other week day as a second choice.

Thank you

Ali Khashab
425-760-5774

3. August - August 23, 2009

What a COMPLETE SCAM parenting classes are; BEWARE: if you have EVER in your life had a beer you will now be labeled mentally ill & alcoholic/addicted for life requiring years of expensive group therapy & 12-Step Religious cult conversion.

4. Christel Wintz - October 17, 2009

I am just seeking parenting classes on my own because I need tools to help me raise disabled children and make them comfortable with their stepfather

5. DEE Kay - April 2, 2010

What happens if one of the parents are living in California and can not attend a once a week work shop in WASHINGTON COUNTY due to TRAVEL COST?

Much appreciated

California parent.

6. Lisa - June 2, 2011

What governing body made this ridiculous requirement? I would like to write to them protesting this requirement. We have an uncontested divorce, filed the papers ourselves, and see each other, at least 5 days a week to share childcare responsibilities for our 1 year old — without conflict.

The classes now (2011) cost $230 per adult. $460 per couple. Seems like a money racket to me.

If we pursue getting it waived, it will likely be equal cost in court fees.

What a waste of our time and money!!!


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