Parenting Coordinators and What They Do

In going through the process of divorce, there are many things that must be taken into considerations. It is important for the divorcing couple to take care of several matters such as the separation of their conjugal properties, the custody of their children, the obligation for child support and the payment of alimony. These legal matters may be adjudicated in the main case for divorce or in a separate action depending on the parties involved. Some of these issues may also be resolved without going through court litigation wherein the parties will simply come up with compromise agreements or extra-judicial settlements.

One of the most common issues that have to be dealt with during divorce is child custody. This is a subject matter that brings a lot of disputes and misunderstandings between the parties. Most of the time, parents are not open to settling or making compromises when it comes to the custody of the children. This is the time where a parenting coordinator is highly needed. The said coordinator can help both the mother and the father come up with sound decisions concerning their kids. This professional is usually a member of the Bar or a medical psychologist.

Seeking for a parenting coordinator is one of the alternative dispute resolutions allowed under our jurisdiction. The parties resort to this in order to come up with the best terms, conditions and agreements concerning the children. Nonetheless, it must be noted that the said professional is not the one who will award the custody to the parents or each of them. It is still the judge who will issue a final order wherein he or she will state 50/50 custody or who has the right over the children. Before a coordinator can get involved, the law requires that he or she must be appointed by the judge hearing the divorce complaint filed by one of the spouses.

A parenting coordinator can offer big help to both parties. The coordinator can enable the ex-spouses to communicate efficiently and effectively for the benefit of their kids. During the divorce proceedings, it can be difficult for both parties to communicate or discuss important matters. However, with the presence of a good parenting coordinator, the communication gap can be resolved. At the same time, the coordinator can also teach the parents on how to properly deal with the children especially when the kids are still in tender years.

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