Parenting Co-ordination is a relatively new concept in this country, and we have two of the first PC’s to qualify in the UK.
Parenting Co-ordinators can be appointed when there is an existing court order or parenting agreement, but continued conflict hampers progress. It is designed to educate families about the impact of conflict, and help them to develop new ways of resolving difficulties and improve outcomes for children.
How it Works
Parenting Co-ordinators (PC’s) are appointed by a couple and provide education about the long term effects to a family of high conflict, mediation where there may be an issue to be resolved and binding decisions in certain circumstances, when mediation has not been successful.
It is the new kid on the block in non court resolution. It is widely used in USA, Canada and South Africa where it is considered to be the “norm”. It works for those who have an ongoing pattern of conflict regarding arrangements for their children and are unable to agree.
PC’s only work with parents or carers who have a Parenting Agreement or a Court Order.
What does it cover?
The underlying principle of a parenting coordinator is to keep a focus on the children’s best interests and to assist the parents in making the best decisions they can for their children.
Where decisions for children’s arrangements are required, and the parents are unable to plan without anger, it can have a serious impact on the children’s developmental and psychological needs. The PC’s intervention will reduce the amount of damaging conflict between parents to which the children are exposed. Divorce and separation in themselves need not harm children, what causes them harm and possible ongoing problems throughout their lives is being in the middle of conflict between their parents
PC can improve the family’s immediate, but especially long-term narrative. It can identify strategies that can effect even small adjustments in functioning that will help set a separated family on an improved track. It can show positive role modelling for children’s management of future relationships and identify triggers and calm rather than stoking the fire.
It takes an educational role, recognising the positives and building from there to ensure children can flourish as best they are able.
It is a forwarding looking process – it tries to draw a line in the sand – there is an emphasis is on recognising a parenting relationship is a new type of relationship and helping that relationship become a problem-solving relationship.
Most PC agreements last for about two years, participants can tailor make their agreement to what they both want.
PC allows parents and carers to move away from continuous court applications to vary or enforce and work together to be the best parents they can be.
We sign a contract for Parenting coordination that will last up to two years. Our two PC’s work as a team and apply an hourly rate for all work done on your behalf. The rate will depend upon whether they are working together or individually at any one time, please see the Fees page for more information.