Understanding Parenting Coordination
Parenting Coordination is a child centred process for conflicted divorced and divorcing parents. Its is a dispute resolution technique to help parents organise their ongoing parenting arrangements before, during and after they have reached their final Court Orders. Through education, mediation and case management, the family’s post-separation progress is monitored to help parents ensure the best outcome for their children.
How Can A Parenting Coordinator Help?
PCs understanding that implementing a parenting plan after a divorce or separation can be difficult.
Parental conflict and communication barriers most likely still exist and can undermined the success of a parenting plan. Shared parenting will be a new concept to most parents and requires significant readjustment for application in day-to-day life. More often than not, conflict surrounding this adjustment appears around everyday agreements like drop-off times, change-over locations or timesharing schedules rather than any big, life-altering issues.
A parenting coordinator may be able to help you and the other parent address these types of issues by working with both to reach agreements.
Ultimately, PCs teach separated parents how to make decisions together and in doing so, reduce the daily conflict that can arise over ordinary decision making. By assisting parents in resolving these issues, parenting coordinators can significantly reduce lawyer involvement arising from ongoing parental conflict; saving the parents time and money.
Parenting Coordinators assist parents in establishing and maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship by reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence a court order.
The overall emphasis is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from the devastating stress of being caught in the middle of parental conflict.
Parenting Coordination Benefits Everyone
- Enhancing the child’s confidence and self-esteem.
- Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life.
- Reducing the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases.
- Diminishing the child’s sense of loyalty binds.
- Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively.
- Educating parents on the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development.
- Working with parents in developing a detailed parenting plan.
- Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills, and children’s issues during divorce.
- Reducing the number of litigated cases.
- Communicating to parents that children come first.
- Providing prompt resolution to daily child-rearing issues.
- Monitoring parental compliance with court orders (if any).
- Reducing overall conflict experienced by the entire family; protecting the most defenceless victims of high conflict parenting: the children.
Engaging a Parenting Coordinator
PCs understand that implementing a parenting plan after a divorce or separation can be difficult.
The parents share the cost of all communications with the PC equally. Every person’s situation is unique and some cases will need more time than others to reach agreements. Parties will negotiate fees for service directly with their Parenting Coordinator.
Either parent can contact the PC with a concern or difficulty, and the PC will communicate with the other parent about these issues in a attempt to reach a timely
The PC will educate the parents on how to begin to manage this process themselves so that eventually the parents can disengage the PC and manage their co-parenting themselves. (The PC is available 24/7 for emergencies involving the children.)