In order to provide exemplary services, Parenting Coordinators should have experience working with high-conflict families as well as training and experience in the following different disciplines:
- Family systems theory
- Adult psychotherapy
- Developmental psychology
- Family Law
In addition, professionals should have a minimum of 24 hours in parenting coordination training, such as in our PC training, to include topics such as:
- Differences between parenting coordination and other forms of high conflict work
- Role and responsibilities of a parenting coordinator
- Impact of high conflict on the family
- Coping styles of children
- Divorce recovery
- Children’s adjustment issues specific to divorce
- Conflict resolution
- Mediation techniques
- Communication theory
- Developmental risks associated with time sharing arrangements
- Facilitating effective parenting plans
- Legal aspects of divorce
- Legal terminology and working with the legal professional
- Protocols for different types of sessions
- Parental alienation and visitation refusal
- Strategies and techniques for working with conflicted parents.
- Dealing with noncompliance and resistance
- Working with the step parent or significant other
- Ethical considerations
- Managing the personality disordered parent
- Domestic violence
States with statutes governing the role of a parenting coordinator indicate the background, training and expereince required to perform this role. In many jurisdictions parenting coordinators are also required to participate in 40-hour mediation training and domestic violence training. In all states with the exception of Texas, parenting coordinators must be at least a masters’ level professional and hold a license in mental health or family law. In Texas, a parenting facilitator must have a masters’ level degree or higher, and be a licensed professional. For example, In the state of North Carolina, the background, training and experience of a parenting coordinator is govern by a statute.
Parenting Coordination Statues
This information is accurate of 2022. Please always check your State or Province.
States with Limited Statutory Authorization:
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
Authorized through related or non-specific statute:
- New Mexico
Authorized through a Local Rule
- British Columbia
The Appointment of a Parenting Coordination
Parenting Coordinators are appointed by way of court order, consent order or by a stipulation of the parties. The document reflects the role and responsibilities of the professional appointed to work with the family. It will also determine if the parenting coordinator may make temporary decisions or recommendations. These important factors will be determined by local rule, state statutes or based upon the agreement of the two parties. Two sample consent orders are included below. Be sure to check for statues and local rules to help determine the wording of your document. The first consent order reflects the least amount of authority to the parenting coordinator. The second consent order reflects a greater degree of authority granted to the parenting coordinator.
The first parenting coordination guidelines were written in 2003 by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as part of their training model for parenting coordination. The AFCC also created guidelines in 2005. For more information on the AFCC guidelines visit www.afccnet.org.