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Parenting coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process for separated families. Parenting coordination deals with parenting disputes arising after an agreement or order has been made about parental responsibilities, parenting time or contact. Parenting coordinators are experienced family law lawyers, mediators and arbitrators, counsellors, social workers and psychologists.
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Parenting coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process for separated families. Parenting coordination deals with parenting disputes arising after an agreement or order has been made about parental responsibilities, parenting time or contact. ''Parenting coordinators'' are experienced family law lawyers, mental health professionals (counsellors, social workers, family therapists, and psychologists), mediators and arbitrators.
    
This section provides a provides a <span class="noglossary">brief</span> introduction to parenting coordination, an overview of the process, and links to some additional resources on parenting coordination.
 
This section provides a provides a <span class="noglossary">brief</span> introduction to parenting coordination, an overview of the process, and links to some additional resources on parenting coordination.
    
==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
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Parents may have a separation agreement or court order that establishes a parenting plan. If that's the case but they are still fighting over the details, the parents may agree, or a court may order, that a parenting coordinator assist them in resolving those issues instead of repeatedly getting the courts involved. Parenting coordination is a child-centered dispute resolution process aimed at high conflict personalities. As with all family dispute resolution professionals, the parent coordinator will meet with the parties separately prior to starting the process to screen for the presence of family violence.
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When parents have a Separation Agreement or Court Order that establishes a parenting plan, but they are still fighting over the details, they may agree, or be Ordered by the Court, to have a Parenting Coordinator to assist them in resolving those issues instead of repeatedly coming back to Court.  Parenting Coordination is a child-centered dispute resolution process aimed at high conflict personalities. As with all Family Dispute Resolution Professionals, the Parent Coordinator will meet with the parties separately prior to starting the process to screen for the presence of family violence.
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===What a parent coordinator is===
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A parenting coordinator (PC) has specialized training in family law, mediation, arbitration, communications skills development, high conflict family dynamics and child development. Parent coordinators are members of the   [http://www.bcparentingcoordinators.com/ BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society] and governed by the Society as well as the [[Family Law Act]], and the ''[http://canlii.ca/t/8rdx Family Law Act Regulation]''.
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'''What a Parent Coordinator Is'''
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===What a parent coordinator does===
A parent coordinator (PC) is a lawyer or mental health professional (psychologist, counsellor, social worker, family therapist) with specialized training in family law,  mediation, arbitration, communications skills development, high confict family dynamics  and  child development .  Parent Coordinators are members of the  [http://www.bcparentingcoordinators.com/ BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society] and governed by the Society as well as the [[Family Law Act]], and the [http://canlii.ca/t/8rdx Family Law Act Regulation].
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The parent coordinator provides parties who cannot agree on aspects of parenting with a relatively quick and informal way to resolve their disputes.  Regardless of how detailed a parenting plan or order may be, some parents will always find things to argue about and it is the children who pay the price for this kind of parental behavior.  A parent coordinator may be useful in minimizing that conflict by attempting to educate and coach  the parents on how to manage conflict in a healthy way .  If that doesn’t work the PC will mediate or, as a last resort, arbitrate the dispute between the parents.  The long term goal of the PC is to enable the parents to parent in a healthy and supportive way, without the need for Parenting Coordinators or  frequent applications to Court, although that goal may not be  
 
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'''What a Parent Coordinator Does'''
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The parent coordinator provides   parties who cannot agree on aspects of parenting with a relatively quick and informal way to resolve their disputes.  Regardless of how detailed a parenting plan or order may be, some parents will always find things to argue about and it is the children who pay the price for this kind of parental behavior.  A parent coordinator may be useful in minimizing that conflict by attempting to educate and coach  the parents on how to manage conflict in a healthy way .  If that doesn’t work the PC will mediate or, as a last resort, arbitrate the dispute between the parents.  The long term goal of the PC is to enable the parents to parent in a healthy and supportive way, without the need for Parenting Coordinators or  frequent applications to Court, although that goal may not be  
   
attainable for some parents.  
 
attainable for some parents.  
  

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