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The PC is appointed by agreement or court order. An agreement or order appointing a parenting coordinator should specify who is being appointed; a list a of parenting coordinators is available at the website of [http://www.bcparentingcoordinators.com/member-roster/ BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society].
 
The PC is appointed by agreement or court order. An agreement or order appointing a parenting coordinator should specify who is being appointed; a list a of parenting coordinators is available at the website of [http://www.bcparentingcoordinators.com/member-roster/ BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society].
 
  Because the PC role is relatively invasive in a family’s  life, some PC’s offer an opportunity for the parents to have a relatively short meeting  with him or her to meet each other and discuss the role, prior to the formal appointment, either at a fixed cost or no cost.
 
  Because the PC role is relatively invasive in a family’s  life, some PC’s offer an opportunity for the parents to have a relatively short meeting  with him or her to meet each other and discuss the role, prior to the formal appointment, either at a fixed cost or no cost.
Once the parents and the PC agree, they will enter a Parenting Coordination Agreement (live link to agreement at Roster Society site)  which sets out  in some detail  what the  PC will do, how it will be done, the cost and how it is to be paid.  The agreement also provides for the term of the arrangement.  It may be as short as 6 months  but most PC’s will require that the term be at least 12 to 24 months with an opportunity for the parents to renew the contract if the PC remains willing.  Most PCs will require a retainer and/or a deposit of $5000 to $10,000 and up.  The parents must each then pay their share of the parenting coordinator's retainer. As with a lawyer, the retainers paid to the parenting coordinator are security for the parenting coordinator's future bills. When such bills are issued, parenting coordinators will pay themselves by drawing on parties' retainers.  
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Once the parents and the PC agree, they will enter a Parenting Coordination Agreement )  which sets out  in some detail  what the  PC will do, how it will be done, the cost and how it is to be paid.  The agreement also provides for the term of the arrangement.  It may be as short as 6 months  but most PC’s will require that the term be at least 12 to 24 months with an opportunity for the parents to renew the contract if the PC remains willing.  Most PCs will require a retainer and/or a deposit of $5000 to $10,000 and up.  The parents must each then pay their share of the parenting coordinator's retainer. As with a lawyer, the retainers paid to the parenting coordinator are security for the parenting coordinator's future bills. When such bills are issued, parenting coordinators will pay themselves by drawing on parties' retainers.  
    
Some parenting coordinators will also ask for an additional retainer, called a deposit. This money is held in reserve to enable the parenting coordinator to finish dealing with a problem in the event that a party's retainer runs out in the middle of a dispute and the party refuses to replenish his or her retainer. PC’s charge by the hour for all time spent working with the family so they are very expensive.  They may be cheaper in the long run than paying lawyers for numerous applications to Court but they may be  more expensive than most families can afford.
 
Some parenting coordinators will also ask for an additional retainer, called a deposit. This money is held in reserve to enable the parenting coordinator to finish dealing with a problem in the event that a party's retainer runs out in the middle of a dispute and the party refuses to replenish his or her retainer. PC’s charge by the hour for all time spent working with the family so they are very expensive.  They may be cheaper in the long run than paying lawyers for numerous applications to Court but they may be  more expensive than most families can afford.
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After the Agreement has been signed and the retainer paid,  the parents usually have some issues which have accumulated and the PC will then meet with the parties, usually in person and usually together, at least for the first meeting.  The PC may also meet with the children and any other people, such as teachers, therapists or doctors who may be helpful.
 
After the Agreement has been signed and the retainer paid,  the parents usually have some issues which have accumulated and the PC will then meet with the parties, usually in person and usually together, at least for the first meeting.  The PC may also meet with the children and any other people, such as teachers, therapists or doctors who may be helpful.
 
   The PC will attempt to educate, mediate,  and as a last resort, arbitrate, the resolution of the issue.  As other issues develop, the same process applies.  Some issues may be resolved relatively  quickly by phone or email, other issues will require in person meetings.
 
   The PC will attempt to educate, mediate,  and as a last resort, arbitrate, the resolution of the issue.  As other issues develop, the same process applies.  Some issues may be resolved relatively  quickly by phone or email, other issues will require in person meetings.
Either or both  parents may  bring an issue to the PC for resolution.  Although the PC has no power to force anyone to do anything, it is worth noting decisions of PCs may be enforceable by the Court.  Parents who fail to meet their obligations under the PC agreement or fail to attend meetings arranged by the PC may be penalized in costs and their lack of cooperation  may be reported by the PC to the Court.==Enforcing a determination===
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Either or both  parents may  bring an issue to the PC for resolution.  Although the PC has no power to force anyone to do anything, it is worth noting decisions of PCs may be enforceable by the Court.  Parents who fail to meet their obligations under the PC agreement or fail to attend meetings arranged by the PC may be penalized in costs and their lack of cooperation  may be reported by the PC to the Court.
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=='''Enforcing a determination'''===
    
Parenting coordinators' determinations may be enforced by filing them in court, either under Rule 12 of the [http://canlii.ca/t/85pb Provincial Court Family Rules] or Rule 2-1.1 of the [http://canlii.ca/t/8mcr Supreme Court Family Rules].
 
Parenting coordinators' determinations may be enforced by filing them in court, either under Rule 12 of the [http://canlii.ca/t/85pb Provincial Court Family Rules] or Rule 2-1.1 of the [http://canlii.ca/t/8mcr Supreme Court Family Rules].