Co-Parenting is a challenge.  No matter how amicable or contemptuous your divorce, co-parenting raises issues that go on for weeks, months, years … sometimes even beyond your children becoming adults.  And in high-conflict divorce cases, it is the single, most-often cause of increased litigation.  Family courts are over-burdeneded by high-conflict parents, who take advantage of the legal system to resolve their often non-legal child-related disputes.  These litigious parents consume a majority of the court’s time, spend thousands of dollars in legal fees, and most importantly, jeopardize their childrens’ mental and physical health and well-being by dragging them through these never-ending courtroom battles.

Frequently Asked Questions About Parenting Coordination

To address the challenges faced by divorced parents, a new profession has emerged in recent years:  Parent Coordinator.  A Parent Coordinator works directly with the parties outside of the courtroom.  Often, Parent Coordinators work with clients through e-mail, telephone or in-person conferences to resolve disputes relating specifically to co-parenting.  The process is defined, as follows:

“[a] child-focused dispute resolution process in which a mental health or family law professional with mediation training and experience assists high-conflict parents 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.”

[AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination, 2005]


Does this sound familiar to you?

  • “You were supposed to drop off the kids at 7:00 P.M., and it’s 7:35 P.M., you’re late – again – see you in Court.”
  • ‘Why are you here? – it’s my turn to come to the soccer practice – you’re doing this to annoy me … leave, or I’ll see you in Court.”
  • “How dare you leave our 12-year old home alone … with her/him …  – we’ll see what the Judge says about this.”
  • “I paid for the school pictures, why did you take them out of his backpack – I’m filing a petition.”

How Can A Parenting Coordinator Help Us?

There are two ways to engage:

  1. A Parenting Coordinator is either appointed by the Court or engaged by your attorneys to assist in the co-parenting issues that arise before, during and after your divorce; or
  2. A Parenting Coach is available to you at any stage of your divorce proceeding, to assist you and your former spouse in developing, implementing, complying with or modifying your Parenting Plan.


  • The Parent Coordinator’s function is not as a therapist.
  • Typically, the parties share the cost of the Parent Coordinator.
  • Decisions by a Parent Coordinator are appealable to the Court.

Most Family Court judges, lawyers, therapists and families welcome the role of Parent Coordinator, who offers a more cost-effective alternative to dispute resolution than proceeding to the courthouse each time a minor dispute arises.  The benefits?

  • Quicker results for the parties.
  • Reduces stresses on the children.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Less litigious.

For more information about Fees and Services or to engage a Parent Coordinator, Contact Us.