Parenting coordination is a process agreed to by the parents or ordered by a court, whereby a neutral parenting expert becomes involved in assisting the parents across a number of domains. The task of the parenting coordinator includes helping the parents implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between parents, providing education and making recommendations.
The parenting coordinator may assist the parents by providing education regarding the developmental needs of the children and the effects of parental separation on family members, co-parenting, and parental communication. The parenting coordinator often monitors compliance with the established parenting plan and assists the parties in effectively facilitating their time-sharing arrangements. The parenting coordinator uses conciliation skills to assist the parties in resolving child related issues and reducing the potential for future parental conflict. The process of parenting coordination is not confidential.
Some parenting coordinators also provide arbitration awards in the event the parents cannot resolve and issue.