Parenting Coordination: What You Need to Know?

The Parenting Coordination is to help parents implement court orders and parenting plans, make timely decisions that are consistent with children’s developmental and psychological needs, reduce conflict between caretaker adults that negatively impacts children, and discourage unnecessary re-litigation over children.

The Role of Parent Coordinators:

A parenting coordinator is a professionally trained individual who assists co-parents in managing their parenting plan, improving communication, and settling disputes. 


The Benefits of Parenting Coordination:

  1. Reducing court involvement and/or intervention.
  2. Trying to reach a fair compromise.
  3. Identify the issues and propose resolutions.
  4. Find a solution with both parties.
  5. Provides a recommendation in cases of disagreement.


How Do Parenting Coordination Guide Parents? 

During the initial stages of the process, the parents will discuss both short and long-term goals, identify challenges, and brainstorm ways to combat these challenges. The purpose of these conversations is to help parents understand what strategies they can use to help resolve disagreements, with the help of the parenting coordinator. As the program develops, they will monitor the changes in the children’s behavior and how they are interacting with their families.

There might be minor changes that have to be agreed upon between the parents or ambiguities in their parenting agreement that has to be resolved or incorrect interpretations of what was meant by the agreement that needs to be dealt with. Parents who are unable to reach an agreement with the parenting coordinator will be made responsible for any decisions.


Tips for Effective Parenting Coordination

To ensure that parenting coordination is successful, here are a few tips: 

  1. It is important to establish specific goals with the parent coordinator in order for them to be met.
  2. Choosing a parent coordinator who can provide you with tailored recommendations is crucial.
  3. Make sure you understand the expectations and standards of the judge
  4. Prepare a comprehensive order for parenting coordination that meets all the needs of parents.
  5. Continually work with your divorce lawyer to resolve your legal issues


Parenting coordination Vs Mediation 

In order to resolve disputes, Parenting Coordination incorporates mediation techniques. In spite of this, Parenting Coordination and mediation have some significant differences in terms of their approach. There is no confidentiality involved with Parenting Coordination, unlike mediation. In addition to sharing information with the parents, lawyers, and the court, a Parent Coordinator can share anything they say during the session.

In contrast to a mediator, a Parent Coordinator is impartial. In other words, a Parent Coordinator is completely neutral and can serve as a tiebreaker even when they have no allegiance to either parent. When it comes to mediation, the mediator will never take sides with a parent on any unresolved issue between the parents.


Prepare For Divorce With Hussain Law

Divorce can be emotionally and financially draining and highly unpredictable. Learn more about parenting coordination in Canada because the right lawyer can provide you with divorce and family law solutions tailored to you.

At Hussain Law, we focus on helping our clients navigate separation and divorce’s emotional and financial challenges. Our office remains fully operational, and we have implemented various new procedures that allow us to continue to advise clients seamlessly during this time. 

If you have a family law issue or want to prepare for divorce that you need assistance with, please contact Ayesha Hussain a divorce lawyer in Toronto at 647-428-3919.

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