Parenting coordination assists divorced or unmarried parents work more cooperatively in making good decisions regarding parenting of their children. Parenting coordination is appropriate for high-conflict divorce cases or whenever there is a need to work on and resolve parenting disputes in a child-focused manner without litigation.
Parenting coordinators assist parents with developing and/or implementing their parenting plan in a way that shields their children from parental conflicts and helps the parents more effectively co-parent for the benefit of the children. Parenting coordinators, with agreement of the parents, are allowed limited decision making authority but may not substantially change time-sharing arrangements or other provisions in a Court approved parenting plan. A wide range of parenting issues can be dealt with in parenting coordination such as how to accomplish exchanges with less tension, how to participate in child-centered school or recreational activities, how to handle vacations, the role or extended family and any topics where there is indecision or conflict about how to best co-parent for the best interests of the child.
Parenting coordination is initiated by a Court-Order or Court approved Agreed Order between the parents. An example of such an order can be reviewed on line by searching for the: Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator, 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Dade County, Florida.
The first meeting is generally a joint appointment but, if the parents prefer, individual appointments can be set up. At this visit the goals for parenting coordination are discussed and the history of the family dynamics and concerns for the children are explored. Follow-up appointments are either joint or individual sessions, determined as appropriate. Parenting Coordination is not psychotherapy and therefore is not covered by medical insurance.
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