Parenting Coordination – Information for Family Lawyers

Parenting Coordination – after court case management for clients

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


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

A sample copy of Orders is available. Please submit an enquiry below. 

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.   

  • 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 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.

Jasmin Newman is a certified Parenting Coordinator with Parenting Coordination Australia.  She is a member of Parenting Coordination Australia and the Association Family and Conciliation Courts and Resolution Institute.