Houston Parent Coordination and Parent Facilitation
“You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.” — Joel Osteen
There are times when families simply come undone — sometimes amidst distress and conflict, sometimes for reasons unseen. No matter what reason, spouses are often eager to do what’s necesary to protect their most precious assets — their children.
In cases where litigation is the means of resolution, a parent coordinator (PC) or parent facilitator (PF) may partner with you and your spouse to help address concerns and complications which may hinder effective co-parenting after your divorce. While a parent coordinator or parent facilitator do relatively similar work, there are some distinct differences, primarily in what can be shared with the court based on interactions with these professionals. Request more information about parent coordination or facilitation
What’s parent coordination and a parent coordinator?
A Parent Coordinator (PC) is designated bby a court during a divorce to be a neutral, third-party mediator and coordinator for both spouses as they discuss the nuances of the parenting agreement.
The Parent Coordinator acts as a sounding board in conversations as spouses negotiate how to best care for their children after divorce, including strategies for visitation, holidays, telephone access and more. When spouses cannot agree on strategies or techniques, the Parent Coordinator can provide insight and feedback to help reach an agreement.
Though appointed by a court during divorce, a Parent Coordinator may not testify during the divorce preceedings. This means interactions with spouses and the Parent Coordinator are kept strictly confidential.
What’s parent facilitation and a parent facilitator?
The Parent Facilitator is a neutral, third-party mediator and strategist appointed by the court during a divorce to assist parents in discussing and implementing the post-divorce parenting agreement.
It’s true: The role of the Parent Facilitator is similar to that of the Parent Coordinator — but with one distinct difference. A Parent Facilitator may testify to the court on the events of their interactions with spouses, and thus engagements with a Parent Coordinator are not confidential.
How can I help during parent coordination or facilitation?
You care greatly about the health, well being and happiness of your children, and despite your divorce, you want to do everything you can to provide for them. In working with me, either as a Parent Coordinator or Parent Facilitator, you can expect to achieve the following during our time together:
- Identify issues which stem from your divorce
- Reduce misunderstandings and miscommunications
- Clarify priorities and goals
- Explore opportunities to creatively address problems
- Develop methods of collaboration and cooperation
- Understand parenting plans and agreements
- Obtain strategies and training for dispute resolution, conflict management and more
- Discuss methods for implementing court-ordered parenting agreements
It’s important to make one distinction about the Parent Coordinator and Parent Facilitator: Though they’re appointed by the court to support and mediate discussions between spouses about parenting agreements and arrangements, they can in no way, shape or form make modifications to court orders on custody or possession.
I’m an advocate and strong supporter of parents exploring the best ways to cooperatively raise their children together after a divorce. As we work together, you’ll receive support and encouragement as you develop solutions and techniques for addressing the complexities and challenges of co-parenting after divorce.