PARENTING COORDINATION

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We are readily available to assist you in taking the first step with a free, 15 minute, DRCA Discovery Call with our Business Concierge, Stefano Cammarano.  

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HOW CAN A PARENTING COORDINATOR HELP ME?

Often divorce and separation brings along with it high conflict, communication that is not effective and ambiguity on how changes relating to parenting agreements are to be implemented and facilitated.

Parenting Coordination can help you if you are going through a Parenting Dispute as it enables parents to navigate through their separation (or even after) with clarity and an expectation of what their time with the children will look like. 

Parenting Coordination helps significantly in being able to provide an external viewpoint (supported by an accreditation and years of experience in dealing with families and children) to minimise conflict and facilitate positive communication.

WHICH DISPUTES ARE SUITABLE FOR PARENTING COORDINATION?

Family Law Disputes (Parenting)

Family Law Disputes (Pre-Separation)

How does Parenting Coordination differ to Mediation?

Parenting Coordination is very different to Mediation and the most important differences for you to note are:

  • Parenting Coordination is not confidential and is reportable.
  • The parties’ behaviour will be subject to monitoring by the Parenting Coordinator.
  • The Parenting Coordinator can be compelled to produce their notes and to give evidence in Court.
  • The Parenting Coordinator’s role is not to be neutral but to assist the parties to understand and have insight into how their own behaviour impacts on the children.

WHAT DOES A PARENTING COORDINATOR DO?

The Parenting Coordinator’s role is not to be neutral but to assist the parties to understand and have insight into how their own behaviour impacts on the children.

Parenting Coordinators are effective problem solvers that provide strategies and tools to help parents in dealing with conflict so that parenting arrangements can be adhered to in the long-term without the daily stress that is commonly associated with it.

The Parenting Coordinator’s role is to:

  • Assist the parties to resolve any disputes that may arise from Court Orders or a Parenting Plan.
  • Educate, coach and provide information with a view to resolving conflict.
  • Encourage child focused communication between the parties.
  • Assist the parties to better understand the development of their children and the physical and emotional impact of conflict.
  • Assist with day to day co-parenting issues such as email monitoring and setting ground rules for communication and interactions between the parties.
STEP 1

Say Hello!

The first step is to get in touch with us. We offer a free 15 minute DRCA Discovery Call so that you can learn more about our Parenting Coordinators and the next steps that are involved.

STEP 2

AGREEMENT/ORDERED

You and your ex can agree to attend upon Parenting Coordination voluntarily (‘without a court order’) or you can also be Court Ordered to attend upon Parenting Coordination.You and your ex should agree on a specific Parenting Coordinator, such as Cassandra.

STEP 3

MEETING YOUR PARENTING COORDINATOR

Now it's the big day. After an intake session with your Parenting Coordinator and signing all relevant documentation, you will be able to meet your Parenting Coordinator during the joint session with the other parent. Please remember that your Parenting Coordinator is essentially your "out of hours emergency hotline" so if anything were to arise outside of the joint session you are able to get in touch that way. Please refer to the terms of your agreement in relation to this.

MEET YOUR PARENTING COORDINATOR

Cassandra is a busy Mother and certainly knows the importance of focusing your time on what is important.

Along with her own legal practice, Kalpaxis Legal, Cassandra is also a Mediator and a Parenting Coordinator here at Dispute Resolution Centre Australia. 

WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED?

Fees for Parenting Coordination are $220 per client per hour (that is, $440/hour in total).

Costs are usually borne equally between the parties but if you and the other parent reach an alternative agreement, that is acceptable.

Parenting Coordination is conducted at DRCA as a 1-hour joint session with the Parenting Coordinator at least once per month for a fixed period of whatever you and the other parent agree to (i.e. 6 months, 12 months, 2 years).

WANT TO ENCOMPASS PARENTING COORDINATION INTO ORDERS?

If you would like to implement a term, order or provision into your Consent Orders, Minute of Consent Orders or Parenting Plan, feel free to utilise our template below.

That in the event that issues arise in relation to the interpretation of these Orders, or any event concerning the child in which an agreement cannot be reached between the parties, the parties shall within seven (7) days attend upon Parenting Coordination with a qualified Parenting Coordinator namely, Cassandra Kalpaxis of Dispute Resolution Centre Australia.

The parties shall follow all directions, and do all things necessary to comply with any non-binding direction given by the Parenting Coordinator.

WHAT A PARENTING COORDINATOR IS NOT

Whilst Parenting Coordinators bring along with them their unique skillsets, experience and niche expertise to assist you during your dispute resolution journey, Parenting Coordinators are independently different.

Parenting Coordinators are not Counsellors, Psychologists, Mediators, Lawyers, Investigators, even though they may have qualifications in those areas of expertise.

Parenting Coordinators are required to be accredited and authorised to provide their services to you, much the same as a Mediator is required to be accredited according to a scheme or a Psychologist is required to comply with a code of conduct.

NOT SURE IF PARENTING COORDINATION IS THE RIGHT PATHWAY FOR YOU?

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