Parenting coordination is one of the various processes that separated or divorced parents can draw upon to resolve disputes without resorting to court. This method is best suited for parents who already have a court order of written parenting agreement in place, but who experience high levels of conflict in implementing the terms.
Purpose Of Parenting Coordination
Parenting coordinators are specially trained professionals. Their role is not to create new terms, but to help parents apply the ones that have already been decided upon in their agreement or court order. Both parents must agree to pursue this avenue and enter into an agreement with the selected coordinator.
The arrangement may last for a maximum of two years. During that time, when a dispute arises, either of the parents may call upon the coordinator to intervene. The coordinator will listen to both sides and attempt to help both parties arrive at a mutual agreement on the issue. If the parties still cannot agree, the coordinator has the authority to make a legally binding decision - called a determination.
The coordinator can provide assistance on a variety of parenting issues, such as:
- Schooling and extracurricular activities
- Medical or dental issues
- Diet, dress and day-to day care
- Disciplinary issues
- Details related to visitation
The coordinator can also assist the two parties to improve their parenting, communication and decision-making skills. Parents benefit by avoiding the high cost of litigation and by gaining ongoing assistance from a single individual who is familiar with the family's individual circumstances.
Some of the lawyers at Peterson Stark Scott also provide parenting coordinator services and can answer your questions and help you determine whether this method is appropriate for you.