Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course

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The Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course, State College of Florida lists the class as 'Children and Divorce,' is a four-hour class required by Fla. Stat. § 61.21 and fulfills the court-ordered requirement of the 12th Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties). All parties to a dissolution of marriage proceeding with minor children or a paternity action that involves issues of parental responsibility shall be required to complete this course prior to the entry by the court of a final judgment. 

Approved Course Provider of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit: 
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota - "Children and Divorce"

Registration for any of the three campuses (Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice) is made directly with the college by calling 941-752-5203 or registering online. Link for

***You must arrive 15 minutes before the class. If late for the class you will be asked to reschedule. Please be sure to bring your case number and photo ID to class. As of January 1, 2014, certificate of completion will be handed out at the end of class.

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Phone & In-Person registration available at any campus

SCF Bradenton 
5840 26th Street West, Bldg. 18 Bradenton, Florida 34207 
(941) 752-5203

SCF Lakewood Ranch 
7131 Professional Parkway East Sarasota, FL 34240 
(941) 363-7000

SCF Venice 
8000 South Tamiami Trail (US Hwy 41)  Venice, Florida 34293 
(941) 408-1412

                                                       Distance Learning Parenting Classes
The 12th Judicial Circuit DOES NOT accept certificates from Distance Learning Parenting Courses completed online WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL of the court. Litigants who wish to take a parenting course on the internet must file the proper motion with the court andreceive the court’s permission before taking an online course. All online courses must be certified by the Department of Children and Families as an approved 4 hour Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course Provider. If you receive the court’s permission to take an internet course, you may click the link below to access the Distance Learning course list.