Through the divorce process and beyond there are many practical interactions required in parenting. Having a neutral third-party assist in managing parental decisions provides a pathway for the stability that children require to thrive.
A Parenting Coordinator (PC) implements a child focused dispute resolution process for separated families particularly if they are in a constant state of conflict, unable to make effective and timely decisions
A Parenting Coordinator has an extensive background in working with families either through family law or family therapy, and has a high level of knowledge in both of these areas. They have undergone extensive training, have met standardized levels of practice and are qualified under the Family Law Act. Our Parenting Coordinators are trained in family law, child development, family dynamics, mediation and arbitration.
They assist parents in mediating parenting issues, and developing more effective communication protocols. If the parents are not able to reach an agreement through mediation, then the Parenting Coordinator can arbitrate a decision and provide a determination that is a binding decision.
Parenting coordination is most useful for parents who already have a parenting plan in a written agreement or court order to assist in the implementation of the existing order and arrangements.
Parents in conflict can retain a Parenting Coordinator on their own initiative or be referred to a parenting coordinator by the court.