For many Florida parents, moving through the details of a divorce does not have to resemble a battle. Plenty of couples prefer to take a collaborative law approach, which allows them the opportunity to work through their divorce outside of a courtroom. For those who share children, a parenting coordinator can assist in working through various child custody options and can be a valuable addition to one's divorce team.
A parenting coordinator is trained in conflict resolution as well as matters of child psychology. He or she will begin by sitting down with each parent and listening to their questions and concerns. From that point forward, the coordinator will help parents decide how to divide parenting time and responsibilities.
As a neutral third party, the parenting coordinator can help parents focus on the matters at hand, rather than delving back into old tensions and resentments from their marriage. This can make a world of difference and can give parents a model of how their co-parenting relationship can be built. A parenting coordinator can also ensure that a family has covered all the bases and has not overlooked a minor, yet important, aspect of their parenting agreement.
For those in Florida who would like to learn more, a great place to begin is by sitting down for a consultation with a collaborative law attorney. Such a professional can help guide spouses toward other resources, including a parenting coordinator. Having that additional level of support can make it far easier to navigate divorce and child custody matters.
Source: Babble, "How "Parenting Coordinators" Are Helping Divorced Parents Settle Issues Outside the Courtroom", Breanne Randall, March 20, 2017