Parents who are divorced or separated often have a lot of challenges creating a stable environment for their child. The process of parenting coordination is ideally suited for high conflict situations. It’s a voluntary and confidential process. This is a child focused alternative to litigating in court.
The process of parenting coordination begins with a court order. Seek the advice of your attorney if you would like to participate in this process.
According to the Florida Statutes 61.125 Parenting coordination.
(1) PURPOSE.—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.
(4) QUALIFICATIONS OF A PARENTING COORDINATOR.—A parenting coordinator is an impartial third person whose role is to assist the parents in successfully creating or implementing a parenting plan. Unless there is a written agreement between the parties, the court may appoint only a qualified parenting coordinator.
(a) To be qualified, a parenting coordinator must:
1. Meet one of the following professional requirements:
a. Be licensed as a mental health professional under chapter 490 or chapter 491.
b. Be licensed as a physician under chapter 458, with certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
c. Be certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family law mediator, with at least a master’s degree in a mental health field.
d. Be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.
2. Complete all of the following:
a. Three years of postlicensure or postcertification practice.
b. A family mediation training program certified by the Florida Supreme Court.
c. A minimum of 24 hours of parenting coordination training in parenting coordination concepts and ethics, family systems theory and application, family dynamics in separation and divorce, child and adolescent development, the parenting coordination process, parenting coordination techniques, and Florida family law and procedure, and a minimum of 4 hours of training in domestic violence and child abuse which is related to parenting coordination.
(b) The court may require additional qualifications to address issues specific to the parties.
(c) A qualified parenting coordinator must be in good standing, or in clear and active status, with his or her respective licensing authority, certification board, or both, as applicable.