Parenting Coordination

In high-conflict separations or divorces, parenting issues may arise with greater frequency that continues to bring parents back to Court for resolution. In order to assist parents with their parenting needs, I will act as a Parenting Coordinator for both parents and their children for a specified period of time on an as need basis in order to protect and sustain safe, healthy and meaningful parent-child relationships.

What is Parenting Coordination?

A Parenting Coordinator is a neutral person to whom parents can turn to when in dispute on matters relating to their children. It is a non-confidential, child-centered process for conflicted divorced and/or divorcing parents.   

A Parenting Coordinator (referred to as PC) works together with parents to assist them in implementing their previously agreed to and/or court ordered parenting plans expeditiously and in a manner that protects their children from ongoing parental conflict. A PC also educates parents to develop more effective problem solving and communication skills regarding the impact of parental conflict on their childís development.  The overall emphasis is to offer children the right to grow in a home environment free from the devastating stress of being caught in the middle of parental conflict.

Parenting Coordination uses both mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes about parenting issues as they arise from time to time once the parents have reached a final order or agreement dealing with custody and guardianship of and access to their children.

What is Mediation?

When it is in the best interest of the children for their parents to reach an agreement I will act as a mediator. During the mediation process, I will attempt to help parents to compromise and reach an agreement about a dispute.  I will listen to the issues being raised by either parent after which time, I will then contact the other parent to obtain an understanding on his or her take on things. In my role as mediator, I will always attempt to mediate an agreement before making a decision. It is important to note that my role is to manage the process while the decisions about the terms of an agreement are made by both parties. In addition, I do not provide legal advice to either party.  Once an issue has been mediated, I will recommend that each party obtain independent legal advice to formalize their settlement in a separation agreement or consent order.

What is Arbitration?

When an agreement between the parties cannot be reached during the mediation process, I will verbally and in writing indicate that I will arbitrate on the issue. As arbitrator, I will hear arguments of both parties then deliver a written decision that is as enforceable as a court order.

What decisions can a Parenting Coordinator make?

Decisions that a Parenting Coordinator may resolve when the parties cannot agree include such things as:

 Parenting coordinators do not arbitrate changes to the custody provisions or substantial changes to the residential schedule or determine a re-location nor do they conduct child custody and access assessments or therapy. Financial matters are typically excluded as well.

What are the Benefits of Parenting Coordination?

 


Contact Information

Telephone: (204) 479-8296  FAX: (204) 895-2280
Office address: 497 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0N9