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Can parenting coordinators help in high-conflict divorces?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Divorce |

Some child custody and visitation concerns can be challenging to settle during high-conflict divorces. Sometimes, the parents can have distinct opinions regarding their child’s upbringing, leading to disagreements that can quickly escalate into fights. In these situations, the court can intervene and find methods to help them discuss issues and establish adequate arrangements for their family.

In some counties in Florida, the parents can receive guidance from a professional with the qualifications to help create a parenting plan suitable to the family’s needs. This parenting coordinator can help in various ways, including the following:

  • Conduct in-person conferences and meetings with involved parties to organize or detect issues in the case.
  • Find out more about the family’s situation by facilitating interviews or reviewing existing documents.
  • Help the parents find common ground, acting as a coach when attempting to settle conflicts.
  • Keep the court updated about developments and new information affecting the family’s welfare.
  • Help parents improve communication and problem-solving skills, helping them raise the child together after the divorce.

Still, this role may only apply in cases where the court deems it necessary. A judge may only consider appointing a parenting coordinator for a case if the circumstances require it.

Determining options to address high-conflict cases

Emotions tend to run high during divorces, potentially intensifying disagreements between parents. When receiving orders from the court regarding child custody setups and decisions, seeking legal counsel can be helpful. Valuable insight can help parents better understand their situation and the court’s orders.

Additionally, they can learn about legal remedies that could apply to their circumstances and possibly open opportunities for parents to compromise amid disputes. Developing a functioning co-parenting relationship can also benefit their child in the long run.