Honestly it may help a little but, the system is set up in a bad way now. These days cases are no longer truley spent looking at family to family, but how quickly they can move this case onto the next. It's nearly impossible for a judge to really understand each parents role, and responsibilites they take. In Florida they look at the law and even resort to sending a 6 month old (not mine) half way across the country every other week because it's "fair"My best advice is to try and settle everything you can in mediation. Even if you can settle the custody in mediation and take the child support to courts thats better. When you take custody to court you are asking a judge who knows nothing about your family, your child and the roles everyone has taken. I have had a terriable experience after winning sole custody. My daughters father was given 4 weeks a year with her, and he just doesn't take care of her. yet the judge will not temporarly remove his visitation until he gets his act together.So this may be my bitterness talking but do your best to sort things out and create your own legal document for the judge to sign. If the father can take good care of him, try explaining to him why the parenting class is so important to you, and if you can afford it offer to pay for it. Sometimes they respond better if you explain it in a few ways. Honestly the best thing for a child is to have both parents, who will love and care for them. But i totaly understand what is like to have someone who isn't capable of doing so in your childs life.