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An Overview

Parenting coordination is a great way to solve issues and problems between separated parents outside of the court room. Most issues that arise between parents after they separate are not legal issues. Instead, they are parenting issues including but not limited to the following:

1. transportation and transfers of children between parents;
2. alterations in the parenting schedule, so long as the basic timesharing arrangement is not changed;
3. vacations and holidays: schedules and implementation;
4. daily routines;
5. extracurricular and school activities and recreation;
6. discipline;
7. child care/day care/babysitting issues

The court system is often not the best person to resolve these disputes. Instead, the parents, who know their children better than anyone should. Judges do not want to see parties in Court every week, using the Court as a crutch to solve their problems for them. A parenting coordinator is a good alternative for many families.

A parenting coordinator is a professional, sometimes a therapist, sometimes a lawyer, who is well versed in how the family courts work. They are familiar with how the judges might rule. They also are trained to help couples navigate speed bumps as they co-parent their children. Parents who are trying to avoid court meet with the parenting coordinator they select. The goal is to avoid bringing the Court into the mix (unless absolutely necessary).

In many cases, what lies beneath the inability to resolve the differences that arise is poor communication skills. A parenting coordinator can help the parents work to improve those skills, so the parents reduce their need for outside help to resolve their own problems.

Clark Law Office offers parenting coordination services to parents who want to co-parent their children, but need some help communicating effectively. We are conveniently located in Lexington, KY and proudly serve Central and Eastern Kentucky.

What Problems can be Resolved?

Sometimes, parents (either those who are divorced or those who have never been married) cannot agree on how to solve issues that arise. Sometimes they lack communication skills to even talk about the problem without insults and silent treatment. For some, the first instinct is to run to the judge, but the judge knows that court is not the best place for fathers and mothers to solve their difficulties. A parenting coordinator is a better option. The following are examples of just some of the many complications that parenting coordination can help with:

  • A child has ADD. Should the child be medicated? Are there other options?
  • A teen breaks curfew several times. The parents can’t agree on a consequence.
  • One parent always is running late for exchanges. How can the parents come up with a plan to reduce tensions?
  • Occasionally, a parent needs to change the timesharing schedule and the parties can never reach an agreement on how to make up the time. Does it get made up at all? How quickly do they make it up?
  • The parents find themselves fighting the same arguments over and over again. Nothing ever gets solved. They ask the parenting coordinator to help them learn better communication skills.
  • How can the parties agree on how many activities the children going to participate in each year?
  • What is too many? How will they apportion the costs?
  • One parent says the children always return hungry and needing a bath. What changes to the routine can be put in place to minimize stress on both parents?
  • A parent always has difficulty reaching the child by phone when the child is at the other house. What parameters can be put in place to make sure calls happen as ordered?
  • A parent starts a new, serious relationship. The parents can’t agree on how to introduce this new person into the children’s lives.

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