What is Parenting Coordination?
It is a child-focused dispute resolution process that assists separating or divorcing parents, who are experiencing conflict, to implement their existing parenting plan in an expeditious manner. The purpose of Parenting Coordination (PC) is to minimize parental conflict thereby reducing risks to children. PCs help the parents to work toward cooperative and effective co-parenting of their children.
Who Should Consider Parenting Coordination?
- are separating/divorcing who are in conflict
- have frequent difficulties reaching agreement on parenting issues
- frequently return to their lawyers or the Court over issues relating to their parenting plan
How Does Parenting Coordination Work?
PCs are appointed for a specified and renewable term of up to 2 years. It is a flexible process whereby disputes can be resolved in a variety of ways (email, phone, online conferencing, face-to-face). Confidentiality is limited, as information received within the process may be shared with the Court or other related parties. Parenting coordination is a fee-for-service process that is typically more timely and efficient then going to Court. A PC appointment can be made by Court Order and/or by contractual agreement between the parents.