“Combining mediation and arbitration, as well as elements of coaching and education, Parenting Coordinators serve as the primary resource for co-parents wishing to finally see an end to their co-parent conflict.”
For many co-parents receiving an order or developing a parenting plan may signal the beginning of a more peaceful and positive co-existence. With structure and a new understanding of co-parental expectations, parents can move forward and support their children. For other co-parents, this may not be the reality. Despite having an order or an agreement, issues and conflict may continue to occur. Even years after separation co-parents may still be plagued by poor communication and disagreement, and may not be able to fully disengage from their toxic relationship. The children of course are the ones in the middle, and their lives become a battleground. Buffering the children from this ongoing conflict and reducing the risk factors in their lives becomes the ultimate priority.
Whether one or both parents are contributing to the conflicted dynamic, Parenting Coordinators utilize specialized training to ensure orders and agreements are safely implemented and adhered to. Combining mediation and arbitration, as well as elements of coaching and education, Parenting Coordinators serve as the primary resource for co-parents wishing to finally see an end to their co-parent conflict. By serving as the functional link between dysfunctional co-parents, Parenting Coordination is the necessary intervention for high-conflict co-parents. – J.N.