Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process in which a mental health or legal profession with mediation training and experience assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of their disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children’s needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, making decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract.
The overall objective of parenting coordination is to assist high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan, to monitor compliance with the details of the plan, to resolve conflicts regarding their children and the parenting plan in a timely manner, and to protect and sustain safe, health and meaningful parent-child relationships. Parenting coordination is a quasi-legal, mental health, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that combines assessment, education, case management, conflict management and sometimes decision-making functions.
Allyson N. Brupbacher has been appointed as both a parenting coordinator and parenting facilitator in an effort to help high-conflict families through the litigation process. Her parenting coordination work allows her to facilitate communication between the parties and the children in a way to help avoid costly litigation.
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