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What is Parent Coordination?

Parenting Coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process designed to help parents in high-conflict situations implement their parenting plan. The primary goal is to aid parents in making decisions that are in the best interests of their children and reduce the amount of conflict to which the children are exposed. Parenting Coordination combines elements of, education, and, when necessary, decision-making authority.

Here’s a breakdown of the key components of Parenting Coordination:

Educative Component

Parenting Coordinators (PCs) often provide parents with information about child development, the effects of conflict on children, and effective co-parenting strategies.

Mediation Component

PCs can facilitate discussions between parents to help them resolve disputes. This might be about holiday schedules, extracurricular activities, or other day-to-day matters pertaining to the children.

Decision-making Component

If parents are unable to come to an agreement on a particular issue, some jurisdictions allow PCs to make a decision for them. This decision-making authority is typically limited and only employed when all other methods of resolution have failed.

Role of the Parenting Coordinator

PCs are often professionals trained in family law, psychology, mediation, or related fields. Their role is to assist parents in resolving conflicts regarding their children, not to replace the legal decision-making process of the courts.

Benefits

Reduces conflict between parents, which is beneficial for the children's well-being. Offers a quicker, less adversarial, and potentially less expensive way to resolve disputes compared to returning to court. Provides parents with tools and skills to communicate more effectively and make decisions collaboratively.

Limitations

Parenting Coordination is not suitable for every family. For instance, in cases of domestic violence or power imbalances, this approach may not be appropriate. It's a voluntary process, and success often depends on the willingness of both parents to participate and respect the PC's role. The confidentiality of the parenting coordination process varies depending on jurisdiction. In some areas, communications with the PC might be confidential, while in others, the PC might be required to report certain information to the court.

How Can Parent Coordination in Florida Help Families?

How does Online Parent Coordination work?

All you need is a computer or phone with internet access. Online parent coordination works essentially the same as face-to-face coordination except that you don’t have to leave your home or office. You will still have the opportunity to meet all together or privately with your coordinator. I, Jill, will be in control of the session and will ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Parent Coordination is now available online!

Successful Solutions offers virtual meetings for all of our services. Many clients are loving the convenience, privacy, and flexibility of online meetings. Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, and anywhere else in Florida, contact me today to schedule your appointment.

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