Parental coordination is a child-centred dispute resolution procedure for separated families that deals with educational disputes that arise after an agreement or injunction has been reached on parental responsibilities, parental leave or contact. Parental coordinators are experienced family lawyers, psychiatrists (counsellors, social workers, family therapists and psychologists), mediators and arbitrators. Parental coordinators calculate on time for all family time, so the service can be expensive, especially if it is overloaded. However, compared to the cost of many lawsuits, the process can be cost-effective, especially for families in conflict. However, the services of a parent coordinator may be more expensive than some families can afford. A child-friendly conflict resolution process to resolve disputes over education agreements and implement an education plan defined in a final order or agreement. See “Alternative Conflict Resolution Solutions” and “Parent Coordinator.” A parenting coordinator has specific training in family law, mediation, arbitration, communication skills development, high family dynamics and child development. Parental coordinators are subject to the Family Law and The Family Law Regulation. In British Columbia, the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society manages a list of parent coordinators who have met additional training and experience standards and who follow established practice guidelines.
Some examples of what a parent coordinator can do are: a parent coordinator is appointed by agreement or by court order. The appointment agreement or designation indicates who is appointed and sets a deadline for signing the Parent Coordination Agreement and paying the necessary deposits and deposits. A list of parent coordinators can be find on the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society website. Some parent coordinators invite parents to a brief meeting to discuss the role of the parent coordinator prior to the formal appointment. This meeting may have a fixed cost or no cost. As soon as parents approve or are mandated to appoint a parenting coordinator, they will enter into a parenting coordination agreement, for which they should receive independent legal advice. The parent-to-parent coordination agreement sets out in detail what the parent coordinator will do, how it will be done, what the costs and costs will be. The agreement also provides for the duration of the appointment. Section 15, paragraph 4 of the Family Act stipulates that the maximum term is 24 months, which is also the recommended deadline for most appointments. However, 12-month dates are quite common. Shorter appointments (6 months) have been made in certain circumstances, but the parent coordination process generally requires longer-term collaboration with the family to achieve the best results. Parental coordinator contracts may be renewed on successive terms if the parenting coordinator and parents agree.
Most parent coordinators require a down payment and retention, the price of which generally depends on the length of the appointment, the urgency of a particular problem, the number of problems and the degree of conflict between the parents. The retainers usually start at 5000 $US, plus deposits, which are determined by the specific parental coordinator. Each parent must pay their share of deposits and deposits.