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Could a parenting coordinator assist in child custody cases?

Faced with the fact that the structure of their family is about to change, some Massachusetts parents are unsure how to move forward. When it comes time to discuss child custody matters, many feel overwhelmed, and uncertain about what decisions are best for all involved. Very often, this uncertainty fuels contention, and the parties begin to take an adversarial stance toward one another. Bringing in a parenting coordinator is a great way to assist, and can help parents move through the child custody process in a collaborative manner.

A parenting coordinator can be an attorney, psychologist or another professional who has received specialized training. They are well-versed in addressing areas of potential discontent and implementing conflict resolution strategies. Best of all, a parenting coordinator is a neutral third party, which is needed in many divorce cases where parents are unable to come to terms about dividing parenting time.

The process of working with a parenting coordinator begins with an initial appointment where the professional can sit down with each parent and discuss specific custody goals, as well as provide an outline of the process. After listening to both parents present their ideas, fears and desired outcomes, the parenting coordinator will get to work finding a path toward compromise. All decisions are made with the best interests at the heart of the process.

In some cases, working with a parenting coordinator will help reduce the level of acrimony between parents. In the best case scenario, parents will walk away having experienced a new model of interacting with one another, and take those skills into their new co-parenting arrangement. No matter what the outcome, making use of the services of a trained professional is never a bad move during a Massachusetts child custody case.

Source: Babble, "How "Parenting Coordinators" Are Helping Divorced Parents Settle Issues Outside the Courtroom", Breanne Randall, March 20, 2017

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