By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
A parenting coordinator is a trained, court appointed social worker who can help parents reach an agreement as to what time sharing schedule is in the best interests of the child/ren. This person can also address issues between divorcing parents as to who takes the children to the doctor, who picks up from school, who provides sports equipment for after care programs, and also can assist the parents in making decisions about which programs the children shall participate in and who pays the fees, uniforms, equipment, etc.
Parenting coordinators take the caseload off the divorce court judge, who generally does not want to micro manage the lives of litigants. They assist in decision making, so that the parents can get along better and have a third person’s opinion. It is not binding, just helpful.
Where parents have trouble communicating, or have competing interests with each other, a parenting coordinator can point out that it is the child’s interests that should come first. Like a mediator, a parenting coordinator helps resolve parenting issues that can then be reduced to a court order by agreement of the divorcing parents.
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