What is Parenting Coordination?
Parenting Coordination is a non-adversarial dispute resolution process that is court ordered or agreed upon by divorced and separated parents who have an ongoing pattern of high conflict and/or litigation concerning their children.
The underlying principle of the Parenting Coordination intervention is a continuous focus on the children’s best interests by the Parenting Coordinator (PC) while working with high conflict parents and helping in decision-making.
Parenting Coordination is designed to help parents implement and comply with court orders or parenting plans, to make timely decisions in a manner consistent with children’s developmental and psychological needs, to reduce the amount of damaging conflict between caretaking adults to which children are exposed to.
PCs assist parents by providing:
(1) education about co-parenting and parental communication
(2) information on the psychological and developmental needs of the children
(3) strategies to manage conflict and reduce the negative effects on the children
(4) advice on effective post-separation parenting
PCs further facilitate referrals to community providers when necessary and collaborate with other professionals who may already be involved with the family.
Any decisions made by PCs are subject to the review of the Family Court, which is an important safeguard to the process.