Parenting Coordinators and Solutions For High Conflict Parenting

Tye Bourdony of chatted with InstantMediations’ Natalia and Mac of to discuss ways to address high-conflict co-parenting cases. For many reasons, some parents do not get along and find themselves in adversarial proceedings over child custody, possession, and access, where a Judge must resolve their disputes. Parents who are separated or will be separated, but who find themselves struggling to communicate or work with their co-parent, have tools to assist them that do not involve a Judge’s final ruling. Parenting Coordinators (related Texas law pasted below & will differ from your jurisdiction), Parenting Facilitators, coparent communication apps, coparenting classes, group therapy and counseling, and mediation, are all good ways to address the stresses disputing co-parents face.

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Duties of Parenting Coordinator in the State of Texas – Example

Sec. 153.606.  DUTIES OF PARENTING COORDINATOR.  (a)  The court shall specify the duties of a parenting coordinator in the order appointing the parenting coordinator.  The duties of the parenting coordinator are limited to matters that will aid the parties in:(1)  identifying disputed issues;(2)  reducing misunderstandings;(3)  clarifying priorities;(4)  exploring possibilities for problem solving;(5)  developing methods of collaboration in parenting;(6)  understanding parenting plans and reaching agreements about parenting issues to be included in a parenting plan;(7)  complying with the court's order regarding conservatorship or possession of and access to the child;(8)  implementing parenting plans;(9)  obtaining training regarding problem solving, conflict management, and parenting skills; and(10)  settling disputes regarding parenting issues and reaching a proposed joint resolution or statement of intent regarding those disputes.(b)  The appointment of a parenting coordinator does not divest the court of:(1)  its exclusive jurisdiction to determine issues of conservatorship, support, and possession of and access to the child; and(2)  the authority to exercise management and control of the suit.(c)  The parenting coordinator may not modify any order, judgment, or decree. (d)  Meetings between the parenting coordinator and the parties may be informal and are not required to follow any specific procedures unless otherwise provided by this subchapter.(e)  Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1181, Sec. 11(2), eff. September 1, 2007.(f)  A parenting coordinator appointed under this subchapter shall comply with the Ethical Guidelines for Mediators as adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas (Misc. Docket No. 05-9107, June 13, 2005).  On request by the court, the parties, or the parties' attorneys, the parenting coordinator shall sign a statement of agreement to comply with those guidelines and submit the statement to the court on acceptance of the appointment.  A failure to comply with the guidelines is grounds for removal of the parenting coordinator.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 482 (H.B. 252), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.Amended by: Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1181 (H.B. 555), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2007.Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1181 (H.B. 555), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2007.Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1181 (H.B. 555), Sec. 11(2), eff. September 1, 2007.Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113 (H.B. 1012), Sec. 19, eff. September 1, 2009.

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