Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process in which mental health or legal professionals with mediation training and experience assist high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of their disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children’s needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, making decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract.
Effects of High Conflict Divorce
The impact of high-conflict divorce on children can be devastating, traumatic, and extremely stressful. Children can survive divorce; however, they cannot survive unharmed by the drawn-out, chronic, high-conflict fighting that occurs between parents in a difficult divorce. Chronic fighting between the parents can erode the relationship between children and one or both parents, and children who experience high conflict divorce can suffer serious psychological and social problems.
Objective of Parenting Coordination
The overall objective of parenting coordination is to assist high conflict parents to 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 mental health, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management and sometimes decision-making functions.
The Parenting Coordinator role is most frequently reserved for those high conflict parents who have demonstrated conflict.