Some Answers about Parenting Coordination

How is Parenting Coordination different from Mediation?

Three ways:

  1. Mediation is a confidential process, Parenting Coordination is not.  This means that if necessary, a PC can be subpoenaed by one party to testify in court.  The PC does NOT make recommendations or in any way alter the parenting arrangement in terms of time or living arrangements, but the PC may be required to share case notes with the court.
  2. Mediation tends to be a short term process used to develop a plan or next step.  Parenting Coordination may serve a role helping the parents resolve matters for a longer period of time while they acquire the skills to work together effectively on their own.
  3. Parenting Coordination may have an educational component to it to foster best practices in co-parenting.

How do I know if I need Parenting Coordination

Parenting Coordination is designed for parents who continually find themselves in conflict.  They may be in and out of the courts or continually threatening to use courts.  Their ability to effectively co-parent their children is diminished to the point where they can not make effective decisions for their children together.

Is Parenting Coordination voluntary or court ordered?

It can be either voluntary or court ordered.  Often a judge will recommend parenting coordination to parents that are overusing the court system, or an attorney will recommend it if they feel it is in the best interest of their client.  But an individual may also initiate the process if they feel they might benefit from the support. If both parties agree, a consent order is signed and filed with the court.

Sounds legal.  Shouldn't the PC be an attorney?

A good PC helps the parents listen to one another and learn to make effective decisions based on their children's best interest.  They help build cooperation and collaboration between the parents.  Choose a PC that offers those skills.


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