Parenting Coordination – Information for Family Lawyers

The appointment of a Parenting Coordinator significantly reduces ongoing parent conflict through case management, after interim or final Orders. Provisions for the appointment can be included in accordance with the Family Law Act 1975 through:

Section 13C

Court may refer parties to family counselling, family dispute resolution and other family services

and;

Section 60CC (l)

whether it would be preferable to make the order that would be least likely to lead to the institution of further proceedings in relation to the child;

The role of the PC is to assist parents to adapt to their new role of co-parents through communication education, ongoing support and mediating minor disputes. Parenting Coordination is non-confidential and reportable at the request of one or both parents, or the family court.  Certified Parenting Coordinators are trained in accordance with AFCC Guidelines

Parenting Coordination as an antidote for high-conflict divorce and re-litigation.

Research: The effects of high-conflict divorce and parental separation on couples and their children are explored along with the costs of ongoing re-litigation of these cases in the family court system. Parenting coordination is discussed as an intervention to assist high-conflict divorcing and separating parents to effectively communicate and parent their children following marriage dissolution. It is also presented as an alternative to reduce instances of recurring legal battles. According to the literature reviewed, positive outcomes of decreased re-litigation include less expense for the divorcing and separating parents, the family court system, and society as a whole. Implications for practice and research are presented.

Engaging a Parenting Coordinator

  • The parents and the PC sign an agreement noting the terms of the engagement, the process and the expectations of the engagement.
  • The parents share the cost of all communications with the PC equally. Every person’s situation is unique and some cases will need more time than others to reach agreements.  Parties will negotiate fees for service directly with their Parenting Coordinator. 

  • Either parent can contact the PC with a concern or difficulty, and the PC will communicate with the other parent about these issues in an attempt to reach a timely resolution.
  • The PC is available 24/7 for emergencies involving the children.
  • The PC will educate the parents on how to begin to manage this process themselves so that eventually the parents can disengage the PC and manage their co-parenting themselves.

 


About Jasmin Newman 

  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP)
  • Parenting Coordinator (Parenting Coordination Australia)
  • Registered and accredited Mediator (NMAS)
  • Certified MindMAP Coach 
  • Accredited Trainer and Assessor

Jasmin Newman is an accredited and registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Parenting Coordinator and Director of the Parenting After Separation Online Course.

After many years of providing support for separated parents with suicidal ideation, Jasmin became a passionate advocate for a less adversarial process. She is dedicated to helping parents resolve their parenting matters to minimise conflict and subsequent impact on their children. And so that each of the parents can move on with their lives in a more positive mindset.

Jasmin quickly builds a strong rapport with her students and clients. She has a compassionate, practical and pragmatic approach which is welcomed by those parents who are overwhelmed with their disputes and haven’t been able to find a way to resolve them.

Professional Memberships

  • Resolution Institute
  • Parenting Coordination Australia 
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 

More information? Please make contact with Jasmin Newman via the contact tab or by phoning 1300 919 019