Parenting coordination is a quasi-legal, alternative dispute resolution process. The aim is to help separating or separated parents understand the best interests of their children and work together to achieve them. Parenting coordination combines assessment, education, case management and mediation. A parenting coordinator may also assist with decision making when so ordered by the court. Parenting coordination is child-focused and oriented to serve the best interests of the child or children. The objective of parenting coordination is to assist in the implementation of a parenting plan, monitor compliance with the plan, help resolve conflicts in a timely and cost effective manner, and to facilitate safe, healthy and meaningful parent-child relationships. The duties of a parent coordinator include providing parents with problem solving and conflict management services, monitoring compliance with court orders, and providing parents, attorneys, and the court with recommendations for new or modified parenting time provisions or mental health interventions.
Dr. Freedman applies his extensive background and training in forensic psychology, family law, mediation, child development and the effects of divorce to the field of parenting coordination. Parent coordination differs from psychotherapy and mediation: there is no therapist/client privilege, the process is not confidential, and medical insurance will not reimburse for parenting coordination.