The custody battle may be over but that doesn’t mean that the fighting has stopped. Many divorced couples continue to struggle with a variety of issues ranging from the very small to the very complex. Where will our child go to school? What courses should he major in? When is she considered old enough to date?
Ideally, when courts grant joint legal custody, it is done with the intention that the parents continue to “parent” together, working out the kinks and finding a comfortable compromise on all of life’s big decisions. But when the parents are divorced and disagree, what can you do?
Enter the parenting coordinator, a mediator with the power and skills to act as a go-between for Mom and Dad.
Recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article “A Referee for Mom & Dad”, parenting coordinators are becoming more and more common in the family courts, giving judges a way to settle the disputes without tying up the court system in the process. And while most court systems see parenting coordinators as a viable option for mediating arguments, some jurisdictions are requiring sessions with a parenting coordinator before even hearing the issue in court.
Parenting coordinators don’t come cheap – ranging anywhere from $50 to $500 an hour but the benefits can well outweigh the cost. And as popularity grows, so does the training available for coordinator hopefuls. Parenting coordinators are typically professionals with a legal and/or mental health background but additional training can help coordinators better understand the unique dynamics that occur between divorced parents. Even the American Psychological Association sees parenting coordinators as a welcome change in reducing parental conflict in its article called “A Niche That Puts Children First”.
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