The Role of a Parenting Coordinator
There are occasions when parents are unable to reach agreement on decisions concerning their children. Sometimes this occurs for a brief period of time, until parents adjust to their new parenting arrangement, or because there are special circumstances affecting one or both parents for a period of time. There are other situations when parents need assistance in making decisions for their children to reduce the amount of stress and conflict for their children and for themselves.
When this occurs, parents can agree to engage a parenting coordinator to assist them in resolving disputes, help them improve communication and dispute resolution skills, and help them with decisions while the parents are unable to resolve their disagreements. Parenting coordination significantly reduces stress for the children and the parents and generally removes the children from the center of conflict. Parenting Coordination can also help parents avoid continued court battles.
If you are interested in learning more about Parenting Coordination, your attorney can help you by explaining the role of a parenting coordinator and the arrangements necessary to engage a parenting coordinator. Please also use our resources page to locate additional information pertaining to Parenting Coordination services.
Simone Haberstock McCartney has received basic and advanced training to serve as a Parenting Coordinator. She offers more than 23 years of experience in family law, as well as experience and training as a mediator. She has had a passion for projects concerning the welfare of children for numerous years. She was awarded the ABA's Certificate of Merit in Child Advocacy. She has served as Chairman of the Protect Our Children Fair, a board Member of Lawyers for Kids, Member of the BAMSL Project Angel Tree Commitee, Peer Mediation Project-St. Louis, and a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years. She also recently completed a graduate level research project pertaining to parenting coordination which was presented at the AFCC Regional Conference in Kansas City in November 2013.
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