What is Parenting Coordination?

According to Florida Statute 61.125: “The purpose of parenting coordination is to provide a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process whereby a parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing a parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between the parents by providing education, making recommendations, and, with the prior approval of the parents and the court, making limited decisions within the scope of the court’s order of referral.”

A Parenting Coordinator’s goal is to assist parents in developing their initial Parenting Plan and/or implementing their existing Parenting Plan. A Parenting Coordinator can only go as far as the scope of the court’s orders or appointment contract. There are many arguments for the use of a Parenting Coordinator and there are many arguments against the use of a Parenting Coordinator.

Ultimately, no matter what your position is on Parenting Coordination, at the heart of every custody situation is the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child can be determined by the parents or the judge.