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  • Writer's pictureAbby Rosmarin

Parenting Coordination

Parenting coordination can help parents make necessary parenting decisions.

A parenting coordinator works with parents to:

1. Create and/or implement a parenting plan for their children.

2. Minimize conflict and improve productive communication in order to enhance meaningful parent - child relationships.

3. Reduce the exposure of the children to parental conflict.

The parenting coordinator role can be adjusted to the needs of the family and can be appointed by the court or mutually agreed to by the parents.

Often it takes some time for parents to shift to an appropriate co-parenting relationship during the divorce process. This is understandable. Having a clear understanding of parenting time and productively addressing issues related to decision-making as well as daily interactions can help parents and children successfully adjust to the new family structure.

The firm guidance of a trained professional can help parents monitor their behavior, avoid the escalation of disagreements, and encourages collaborative parenting. When I work as a parenting coordinator, I am available in real time so that when issues arise, there is attention to the prompt resolution of a dispute or miscommunication.

Parenting Coordination is an option to consider when the parents' relationship is strained causing the concerns of the children to be less than optimally addressed.

I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court—it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.

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Art: Jaume Plensa, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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