Parenting co-ordination is a way of enabling parents to have ongoing relationships with their children where conflict is causing difficulties. Our parenting co-ordinators manage the arrangements for parenting time and offer a support service for the handover of children where this has become a problem.
The key beneficiaries of parenting co-ordination are children but the aim is to ensure that the conflicted dynamics between parents are managed in ways that enable them both to continue to have strong relationships with their children after separation. In this respect, it is the whole family system which benefits as everyone is supported through the difficult process of change that family separation brings.
A parenting co-ordinator can be agreed at Court by consent or can be proposed to the Court as a way of ensuring that parenting time continues through difficult periods. Parenting co-ordinators take on the role of managing the planning of parenting time and support the handovers between parents, collecting and dropping off children and, if necessary, supporting children and parents through the process of transition between two homes. As part of their role our parenting co-ordinators also offer psycho-education about the ways in which children manage transitions between parents.