We work with parents to help them develop a parenting plan that is in the best interest of their child or children. Consideration must be made for a child's age, developmental stage, needs, and any other circumstances required to individualize a parenting plan specific for each family.
The overall objective of parenting coordination is to assist high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan, to monitor compliance with the details of the plan, to resolve conflicts regarding their children and the parenting plan in a timely manner, and to protect and sustain safe, healthy and meaningful parent-child relationships. Parents have the opportunity to learn effective conflict resolution and negotiation skills for improved communication.
The ability to remain focused on the issues of importance is key for successful negotiations and a Parent Coordinator helps to keep discussions calm and focused. Parenting coordination is a mental health, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management, and sometimes decision-making functions. The Parent Coordination process can be sought through mutual agreement or through an order from the court. The Parent Coordination process involves meeting with each parent, and at times, their child or children, in order to consider the needs of all family members in developing a parenting plan.
Parents will meet for Parenting Coordination sessions weekly until an agreement can be reached. The Parenting Coordinator role is most frequently reserved for those high conflict parents who have demonstrated their longer-term inability or unwillingness to make parenting decisions on their own, to comply with parenting agreements and orders, to reduce their child-related conflicts, and to protect their children from the impact of that conflict. This process can help to save time and money. When parents develop a parenting plan together, it is reviewed with their attorneys and ultimately there is no need for a judge to decide how they will share their children.
When parents do not have attorneys, the Parent Coordinator can be especially helpful in developing a parenting plan. No one knows your children better than you, so why not utilize the expertise of a Parent Coordinator to help make decisions towards an excellent plan to nurture your children's emotional growth and development during their most important years.