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How does parenting coordination work?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2023 | Child Custody, Parenting Plans |

High-conflict divorces can be expensive, stressful and damaging to parent-child relationships. The court can help settle these disputes, but their decisions cannot guarantee a peaceful household. Unfortunately, these conflicts can seep into the home, affecting children and their living environment.

In Florida, the court can interfere and order parenting coordination. It is an alternative dispute resolution procedure for high-conflict divorces and other family issues. This process prioritizes the child’s needs, placing well-thought-out solutions to help parents design and implement their parenting plans.

This process can reveal whether the parents require further parenting-related resources, courses and other recommendations. This approach helps divorcing couples resolve conflicts, receive adequate parenting training and carry out parenting plans properly, with the help of a qualified parenting coordinator.

What are the qualifications of a parenting coordinator?

Parenting coordinators must have verified professional and ethical competencies. The court usually has a list of approved parenting coordinators chosen based on their knowledge and experience in handling high-conflict family cases.

Aside from having a mental health and family services background, these coordinators must also have training in implementing court standards, rules and administrative orders. They are responsible for maintaining integrity and dignity while avoiding improper behavior and activities.

Determining if parenting coordination is necessary

Parenting coordination can be necessary when facing disputes or issues concerning the parenting plan. The court can require this process if the parents need help establishing or modifying their setup.

This process puts the children’s best interests first, especially if one or both parents show unwillingness to commit to the parenting plan. Still, some cases might not be eligible for this procedure, especially if there are safety risks involving the parents and their children.