Parenting Coordinator – Establishing a Parenting Plan

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What is a Parenting Coordinator Anyway?

Chances are, unless you are one of the lucky few who has attained enlightenment, you aren’t planning on inviting your ex over for Sunday brunch anytime soon. (Disclaimer: this does not include the laxative pancakes you’ve been thinking of whipping up). Sure, we’ve all heard the stories about couples who have called it quits getting together for a blended family camping trip with their new significant others in tow. But most divorcees aren’t willing to get anywhere near their former soul mate when he or she is holding a hot poker; even if they swear it’s solely meant for making s’mores. Of course, you wouldn’t think of taking back your years of wedded bliss as they produced your sweet little bundles of joy, but how the heck are you supposed to map out the apple of your eye’s life plan with someone whose mere presence makes you gag?

divorceIf you are facing a scenario where you and your former flame really want to work together for the best interests of your shared DNA, but have no idea how to make that happen without bodily injury; assistance of a third party may be just what you’re looking for. Parties can learn valuable lessons from a parenting coordinator such as communication and problem solving skills, as well as basic parenting skills that can help facilitate establishing a parenting plan that is amenable to both parties. In Florida, he or she is a mechanism used to promote alternative dispute resolution in that they do not make recommendations to the court, but rather directly to the parents.  Further, absent extenuating circumstances, all communication made by, between, or among the parties and the parenting coordinator during parenting coordination sessions are confidential; meaning the court does not have access to the information shared.

Formulating a detailed, amicable parenting plan can help reduce future stress and circumvent unnecessary legal fees. Whatever your individual circumstances call for, if you can’t reach a resolution on your own, enlisting the help of a parenting coordinator can greatly reduce your stress. After all, nothing is more important than ensuring the happiness and well-being of your children’s future, wouldn’t you agree?