In any situation where parents share custody, the potential for conflict is often high. It can often be difficult for parents who have separated or divorced to agree on what is best for their children. Many times, pre-existing difference between the parents can become magnified as they argue about discipline, religion, activities, sports, medical care and schedules. However, the parents must still communicate in order to successfully co-parent their children and manage their shared custody arrangement. In these cases, a parenting coordinator can help to smooth the rough edges in communication between parents and help make sure that the children are happy and healthy.
What A Parenting Coordinator Does
In Florida, a parenting coordinator may be an attorney, but he or she does not represent either parent. Instead, the coordinator works as an impartial third party to help reduce conflict over parenting decisions. The coordinator’s ultimate goal is helping the parents to work together in the best interest of their children. He or she monitors communication between the parents, and advises both parties on how to improve the way that they communicate with each other. The coordinator may offer temporary solutions to parenting issues in emergency situations, oversee compliance with written agreements and court orders, and help parents interact in a more effective way.