Raleigh Parent Coordinators
Parenting Coordination is a non-confidential, child centered process for conflicted divorced and divorcing parents. It is a form of dispute resolution for parents in which mediation would be inappropriate or ineffective due to high levels of conflict. It is most effective in high conflict cases where parents have demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to make parenting decisions on their own.
A parent coordinator may be appointed during a child custody action with the consent of all parties. Parent coordinators can help in high conflict custody cases by clarifying issues, working towards settlement, clarifying terms of a court order, or teach methods that foster healthy communication in parenting. Parent coordinators may assist with the implementation of a parenting plan when parties are unable to reach agreements on key issues.
In Wake County, the Court maintains a list of qualified parent coordinators. To be eligible, you must:
- Hold a master’s degree in psychology, law, social work, counseling, medicine, or a related subject area.
- Have at least five years of related professional experience.
- Hold a current license in the parent coordinator’s area of practice.
- Complete the required training in topics related to the developmental stages of children, the dynamics of high-conflict families, stages and effects of divorce, problem solving techniques, mediation and legal issues.
- To remain eligible, the person must also attend parent coordinator seminars providing continuing education, group discussion, peer review, and support.
All or our attorneys at Batch, Poore, & Williams are certified parent coordinators. Our experience in handling high conflict custody cases has provided invaluable experience in dealing with both sides in such cases. We are fair, compassionate, and unbiased in settling the typical disputes that arise in custody cases as well as assisting parents in communicating in a civil manner to accommodate their children’s best interest.