An Introduction to Parenting Coordination

Parenting coordination is a dispute resolution process for separated or divorced parents with an existing parenting plan in place through a court order or agreement. While a parenting coordinator does not create the parenting plan or order, they can help manage conflict and resolve issues relating to the execution of the parenting plan.

A parenting coordinator can be appointed through a Parenting Coordination Agreement signed by both parents, or by order of the court. Parenting coordinators may have training in family law, social work, mediation, arbitration, psychology, child development or other relevant disciplines. In BC, they are governed by the Family Law Act, and the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society maintains a roster of parenting coordinators who meet certain training and practice standards.

Parenting coordination helps families resolve their disputes without needing to return to court repeatedly. While a parenting plan established by agreement or by court order sets out general parameters for the relationship, there may be disagreements over the practical details of putting that plan into action. Parenting coordinators can help resolve such details involving parenting time, contact, allocation of parenting responsibilities, travel schedules, etc. Parenting coordinators do not deal with spousal or child support matters, or with division of property.

Learn more about parenting coordination and other family law topics by attending PBLI’s upcoming program “Family Law 2019: Parenting and Custody” on October 8th, 2019. Celebrate PBLI’s 30th anniversary with a 30% discount off the registration fee by quoting promo code “PBLI30” when you register.

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