Memphis Parenting Education Seminars & Classes Directory

Divorce Parenting Classes

In this directory, listed are Memphis, Tennessee parenting education seminar and classes. Before a parenting plan is approved by a Tennessee as part of a Tennessee divorce settlement, parents are required to attend an approved 4 hour class presented.  Parents are recommended to take this class as soon as possible, to not procrastinate, and to not attend with the other parent.

Can parents take the parenting class online?  The Tennessee state statute requiring the class doesn’t say either way.  Some parents have.  Below we list a web site.  We recommend parents stick to the authorized list from the Shelby County Judges, listed below.  As of 2018, some judges have required the class attended be on the “official list” provided by the Circuit Court Clerk or Chancery Court Clerk.  If you live out of town, ask your attorney to consider asking your particular judge to be certain.

The goal of this directory is to be as inclusive as possible.  Please let us know below if you know of any classes not listed.  See the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Court Approved Parenting Classes in Memphis

Parenting Through Divorce Classes at Memphis JCC
6560 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38138
Contact: Bill Monroe at (901) 767-8511
Classes available online.

Adult, Child & Family Counseling
Contact: Willie Holcombe, LCSW
1910 Sycamore View Road
Bartlett, TN  38134
(901) 237-4969

Kindred Place
2180 Union Avenue
(901) 276-2200
Contact: P. Maynard
2180 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
A local organization whose goals include educating the public to end family violence and monitoring protective family visitations for families in recovery or crisis.

Unique Beginnings 101
Contact: Twyla McBride/Trassey Boone
Bartlett Library
5884 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN  38134
(901) 509-3020

Training Resolved
Contact: David Adams
866 Willow Tree Circle
Memphis, TN 38018
(901) 443-6609

CDM Educators
Contact: Kathy Caldwell
Woodland Presbyterian
5217 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38119
(901) 255-4887

Expanded Educational Services
Contact: Dr. Candace Washington
Good Shepherd Church
6050 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN  38134
(901) 265-3344

The Counseling Clinic
Contact: DeMarcus Davis
6465 N Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis, TN  38120
(901) 319-6607
Parent Class Online

Parenting Education Seminars list from the Shelby County Circuit Court web site (Revised May 24, 2012, most current list as of Nov. 11. 2016).

PuttingKidsFIrst.Org  Nationwide online parenting classes for parents out of state or out of the country

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Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-6-408, Parent educational seminar reads as follows:

(a) In an action where a permanent parenting plan is or will be entered, each parent shall attend a parent educational seminar as soon as possible after the filing of the complaint. The seminar shall educate parents concerning how to protect and enhance the child’s emotional development and informing the parents regarding the legal process. The seminar shall also include a discussion of alternative dispute resolution, marriage counseling, the judicial process, and common perpetrator attitudes and conduct involving domestic violence. The program may be divided into sessions, which in the aggregate shall not be less than four (4) hours in duration. The seminar shall be educational in nature and not designed for individual therapy. The minor children shall be excluded from attending these sessions. The requirement of attendance at such a seminar may be waived upon motion by either party and the agreement of the court upon the showing of good cause for such relief.

(b) The fees or costs of the educational sessions under this section, which shall be reasonable, shall be borne by the parties and may be assessed by the court as it deems equitable. Such fees may be waived for indigent persons.

(c) No court shall deny the granting of a divorce from the bonds of matrimony for failure of a party or both parties to attend the educational session.


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