A parenting plan is a document developed and agreed to by the parents of a minor child and approved by the court, or if the parents cannot agree, a parenting plan is established by the court.  Parenting plans are an invaluable tool, crucial in helping parents make important decisions such as:

  • creating a time sharing schedule, including holidays
  • responsibilities towards their child's education
  • discipline
  • recreational activities
  • medical and dental visits
  • daily supervision
  • on-going school activities
  • sharing clothing and personal items between parental homes
  • contact with extended family
  • religion

What is a Parenting Plan?

How will your child(ren) benefit from the PC process?

Section 61.125(1), Florida Statutes, states “The purpose of parenting coordination is to provide a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process whereby a parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing a parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between the parents by providing education, making recommendations, and, with the prior approval of the parents and the court, making limited decisions within the scope of the court’s order of referral.”

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Shared parenting or shared parental responsibility is a relationship in which both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their children and in which both parents confer with each other so that major decisions affecting the welfare of their children will be determined jointly. (It is common to have shared parental responsibility even if the child lives primarily with one parent.)

What is Shared Parenting and what is Shared Parental Responsibility?

  • The PC is an advocate for your child (ren).
  • The PC teaches ways to keep the family together although the marriage is over
  • The PC teaches parents effective communication with their child (ren).
  • The PC helps parents raise children with confidence and positive self-esteem
  • The PC helps to create a time-sharing schedule so that the children can spend quality time with each parent.

What are the Parents Responsibilities and Role in the PC process?

What is Parenting Coordination?

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  • To cooperate with the PC and fully participate in the process
  • To assure that all communication with the PC is in the presence of the other parent or with full disclosure to the other parent.
  • To cooperate with scheduling appointments with the PC at a frequency determine by the PC to best meet your needs and goals in this process.
  • To use session time to address significant parenting issues
  • To direct parenting disagreements to the PC for discussion, mediation, and resolution
  • To understand that child support or other significant financial matters will not be discussed during PC sessions
  • To provide the PC with copies of all documents pertinent to the Parenting Plan, Marital Settlement Agreement(s), Child Custody Evaluations and any other relevant documentation to facilitate the PC’s understanding of the needs and rights of the minor child(ren).
  • To timely sign all releases authorizing the PC to obtain information from third parties
  • To pay all PC fees in a timely manner

How does a Parenting Coordinator (PC) help high conflict parents?

Parenting Coordination Services

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Our Purpose & Goals of Parenting Coordination:

Parenting coordination (PC) is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process developed to assist divorced or divorcing parents in developing and/or implementing a Parenting Plan and reduce child custody litigation.   A PC can also be used to re-evaluate and/or change an existing Parenting Plan.  This may occur as children reach different developmental stages and require different co-parenting strategies, when one of the parties relocates or marries, or when any significant change occurs to the existing Parenting Plan.  Parenting Coordination is typically court-ordered after months, and sometimes years, of conflict between parents regarding the care and time sharing of their children.

Because this can be one of the most painful and most stressful periods of your lives, even parents with strong parenting skills and the best intentions often struggle with cooperative parenting without outside intervention.  Parental conflict and contempt can sometimes result in parental alienation, which can have long term and devastating consequences for the relationship between children and parent.  Ongoing parental conflict can also destroy the overall well-being of the children and carry on through adulthood.

Research shows that the level and intensity of parental conflict is the most potent factor in children’s post-divorce adjustment. Working with a Parenting Coordinator encourages communication, problem solving skills and conflict resolution skills between the parents. With the help of a Parenting Coordinator the parents tend to work out their differences that previously seemed impossible to work through.

A PC does not replace or complete with the attorney’s role and the PC does not provide legal, financial, or accounting advice.  A PC is never a substitute and cannot provide mental health counseling or therapy, but may refer you or your children to these services.

  • Parenting Coordinators help high conflict parents with implementing their agreed upon and/or court ordered parenting plan.
  • Parents with the help of a PC develop and implement a detailed plan for time sharing, holidays, discipline, decision-making, extracurricular activities, and communication
  • PC will mediate parenting conflicts whenever possible to avoid additional litigation.
  • Parents learn to redefine their role from spouses to coparents.
  • Parents learn new responsibilities and set healthier boundaries.
  • Parents learn how to decrease emotional attachment and anger from the marital relationship, to being healthy coparents.
  • Parents learn principles of child development and issues facing children when their parents no longer live together.
  • Parents learn to reduce and protect children from any form of parental alienation.
  • Parents learn effective and healthy communication skills.   The PC will provide detailed guidelines will be set for communication between and parents.
  • If necessary, the PC will make recommendations to the parents concerning individual counseling, and/or family counseling.
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