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CT Parenting Classes Upheld As Constitutional

I’ve written before about parenting education classes in Connecticut.

To make a long story short, a pro se litigant challenged the validity of the law by taking his case up to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Good for him. Dutkiewicz v. Dutkiewicz.

The Appellant argued that the classes unconstitutionally infringed on his right to parent his children and thus violated his due process rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The Court found that the parenting education course merely provides parents going through a divorce with information and in no way deprives parents of the ability to make parenting decisions. Thus no fundamental right was at issue in the case.

The Court then applied a rational basis test and of course found the statute was rationally related to a legitimate government purpose of promoting the welfare of children.