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Parenting Coordinators' Crucial Responsibility in Family Law Cases

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Dec 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Parenting coordinators have proven invaluable in divorce cases as a tool for improving communication, reducing conflict, and prioritizing children's well-being and safety. They serve an integral function in encouraging cooperation between divorced parents while helping navigate potentially contentious issues to create a more stable atmosphere for the kids.

Parenting coordinators serve as neutral third parties who assist divorcing couples in navigating the often chaotic waters of co-parenting during divorce. Understanding that communication may become challenging during this process, parenting coordinators strive to foster an environment in which parents can address any disputes amicably and resolve them swiftly and peacefully.

Coordination usually begins by creating a parenting plan. This document details each parent's responsibilities and expectations about child custody, visitation plans, and decision-making authority. Parenting coordinators help parents navigate this process by encouraging compromises that serve their children's best interests.

Parenting coordinators can play an invaluable role in times of high conflict dynamics. Their training in conflict resolution allows them to identify underlying issues and mediate disputes as well as guide both parents towards solutions they both agree on, alleviating the emotional burden on parents while protecting children against the negative effects of parental conflict.

Parenting coordinators are also invaluable assets for parents. They educate them about co-parenting and offer guidance for managing the dynamics of divorced families. Their expertise in family systems and child development enables them to provide valuable insights that empower parents to make well-informed decisions.

Parenting coordinators also serve as intermediaries between parents and the justice system, relieving it of its burden by handling matters that do not require legal attention while permitting it to focus its resources on matters requiring legal intervention. This approach speeds up resolution and decreases financial strain for both parties involved.

Parenting coordinators can be invaluable tools in helping parents resolve parenting disputes efficiently and reduce conflict through collaborative efforts that foster cooperative relationships between them and the court system. Their focus should remain on issues related to parenting issues rather than replacing lawyers or the legal system entirely. They focus on specific parenting issues which often need court approval before being implemented. Their collaborative approach often results in faster proceedings with less antagonistic proceedings that lead to cooperative relationships amongst the parents.

Parenting coordinators may not always be the optimal solution in divorce situations. When there are domestic abuse, substance abuse, or mental health concerns involved, a different approach may be necessary; one involving mental and legal professionals to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved.

Parenting coordinators play an invaluable role in the process of divorce when children are involved, especially when creating parenting plans that serve their best interests. Through communication, mediation, and guidance services they foster a better co-parenting relationship which benefits everyone involved.

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About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 

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