Parenting Coordination (PC) is a service for parents who have ongoing disputes about a custody order, parenting plan or separation agreement and who do not want to go to court to resolve those disputes.
PC is designed for parents who cannot agree on day to day matters affecting their children. The PC is usually a mental health professional or lawyer who has experience with high conflict families, child development, family systems and patterns of domestic violence, as well as specific training in the unique process of Parenting Coordination.
The goal of the PC is to help parties resolve disputes in a way that minimizes the conflict between them and reduces the impact of that conflict on their children. It is intended to help such parents improve their communication, learn effective negotiation strategies, and develop skills to reduce conflict. When the PC cannot assist the parents to reach agreements, the PC is authorized to make decisions for them.
All PCs in Ontario enter into private contracts with the parents. Such contracts are for at least 18 month periods and sometimes longer.