Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process. An experienced mental health professional assists high conflict parents implement their parenting plan. The parenting coordinator works to resolve parental disputes in a timely manner while educating parents about children’s developmental needs. The parenting coordinator, with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, can make decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract.
The overall objective of parenting coordination is to assist high conflict parents in 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. Parenting coordination is a quasi-legal, mental health, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management and sometimes decision-making functions.
A divorce/co-parenting coach:
- Is dedicated to working with couples through their separation and/or divorce process
- Confidently directs the individuals through the emotional terrain of ending their spousal/intimate partner relationship, while guiding them into a co-parenting relationship
- Works to strengthen the parenting functions of the couple so they can become effective co-parents across two homes
- May assist the parents in developing their parenting plan, which provides structure and boundaries for the new co-parenting relationship