Co-parenting help and parent coordination

Co-parenting help and parent coordination

When former spouses have to work together, tensions can rise, and divorced couples often feel no longer allies. However, when they have children, the divorced couple must make numerous decisions together.

Co-parenting coordinators are specialists and therapists, usually psychologists or other mental health counselors, whose job is to help divorced parents decrease, mediate, and settle disputes over their children. If the parents cannot agree, the coordinator may be forced to make a decision. The responsibilities and limitations of a co-parenting coordinator are spelled out in a contract signed by both parents or in the court order that appoints them. Co-parenting coordinators act as an unbiased third party during regularly planned meetings (or emergency sessions if the contract or Order allows for them) to listen to and handle difficulties such as:

  • Schooling;
  • Visitation and custodial arrangements;
  • Holidays;
  • Camps;
  • Non-emergency medical care; and
  • After-school activities.