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Understanding Parenting Coordination

Understanding Parenting Coordination

Anyone who is thinking about going through a separation or a divorce will have questions about understanding parenting coordination. The first step is to have an established parenting order in a separation agreement or a divorce. You should then be able to co-parent with your former spouse without having any issues.

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However, this is rarely the case if both parties are not clear about the requirements of parenting coordination. The implementation of a parenting plan can be challenging from all different perspectives. This is where a parenting coordinator can be especially helpful for those approaching this process. It works for those willing to minimize conflicts as much as possible.

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Understanding Parenting Coordination

Parenting coordination is most frequently recommended for those parties who have come to a general parenting agreement. They still have ongoing communication concerns that effectively limit their ability to co-parent together.

Parenting coordination and the hiring of a professional in this arena is one of the most cost effective alternative dispute resolution methods. It works to handle ongoing concerns related with parenting. Within the realm of parenting coordination; strategies are provided to parents that can help them to resolve ongoing conflicts. It also helps them work together on a regular basis.

Some of the most common conflicts that can be resolved with the assistance of a parenting coordinator include:

  • holiday schedules
  • participation in extracurricular activities
  • communication between parents
  • educational decisions
  • health related decisions
  • picking up and dropping off the children

How to Initiate the Parenting Coordination Process

Parenting coordination usually begins when both parents can agree to appoint a professional to the role of parenting coordinator. The role of parenting coordinator is frequently filled by a family lawyer or a psychologist who has expertise or experience in this field.

The parties can also determine together which specific issues they would like to have addressed by the parenting coordinator. This includes the decision-making ability of that appointed parenting coordinator.

When both parties are unable to agree on terms of their own, cooperating to choose a parenting coordinator can help to carve a path for resolution.

Beginning the Parenting Coordination Process

After the individual has been appointed, the parenting coordinator meets with both parents. Usually they will provide information the parents about the typical impacts of separation and divorce on children. They can also provide details about psychological impacts on the entire family regarding conflict. This helps parents to get a frame of reference for how the ongoing conflict is affecting their family members. It also explains why it is beneficial to proceed with a parenting coordination process.

Understanding Parenting Coordination

If parents cannot come to an agreement on their own, the parenting coordinator might make a decision on their behalf, in the event that the parenting coordinator was granted powers of arbitration. This is why it is so important for both parties to work together to establish the goal of parenting coordination and to hire the right person to serve in this role.

A decision that is handed down from a parenting coordinator who has arbitration powers is legally binding in family courts.

What Happens If Mediation Is Unsuccessful?

If mediation between the parents is not successful and the parenting coordinator has to make a decision as an arbitrator, the parents may also have the responsibility to submit evidence to the parenting coordinator who factors this into their decision. A family lawyer can represent either party in the arbitration process, depending on the contract terms of the parenting coordination agreement.

The specific terms of the contract will be crucial in determining the role of the arbitration process and the expectations of each party. This is why it is strongly recommended that you retain an experienced family lawyer in advance of going through parenting coordination. Parenting coordination might be the right choice for you if you wish to resolve your disputes in an alternative manner that removes some of the negative aspects of traditional litigation.

Read more: 10 Things to Consider Before Getting A Divorce

You may wish to minimize the conflict for current family members and to arrive at a cooperative decision that is in the best interest of you and your children. This can be done when you retain an experienced family coordinator who is knowledgeable about the process and who can help you avoid many of the most common pitfalls. Schedule a consultation with Clearway family lawyers today to talk about understanding parenting coordination at 844-466-6LAW (529).