The Charlotte family lawyers at Passenant & Shearin Law have extensive experience in this area of law and stay in the forefront of changes and developments concerning parent coordinator issues.
We are particularly known for our problem-solving skills and our abilities to resolve high-conflict disputes. Our entire law firm is focused in the area of divorce and family law issues, and we are proud to say that we have a lengthy and proven track record in effectively assisting parents in working through their differences in the best interest of their children.
Sheila Passenant is a certified Parent Coordinator with over fifteen years of experience assisting parents in learning how to communicate and co-parent effectively. Ali Miller is also a certified Parent Coordinator and is trained in assisting parents for the benefit of their children in high-conflict custody cases.
What is a Parent Coordinator?
A Parent Coordinator is appointed by the courts in situations where communication between parents is challenging or when court disputes arise too frequently. The Parent Coordinator is assigned to put the best interests of the children first. High-conflict cases often use a Parent Coordinator to help parents, minimize conflict and reach effective resolutions – when they otherwise could not do so on their own.
When and How Should I Seek the Help of a Parent Coordinator
You should seek the help of a parent coordinator when you and your co-parent have difficulty making decisions together regarding the children and/or communicating regarding the children. This could be for many reasons, for example:
- In conversations, child support or the introduction of a new dating partner might be extraneous issues that keep coming up in your communications and you are unable to stay focused on a decision that needs to be made for the children.
- You might also notice your children seem to not want to say anything good about their other parent in front of you.
- You might notice the use of your attorneys for communication with the other parent regarding mostly parenting related issues, such as difficulty sharing the children’s clothes and things back and forth at houses, inability to agree upon extracurricular activities the children will partake in, inability to agree on a medical decision for a child etc..
If you think a parent coordinator may be needed in your case, then speak with your attorney. In North Carolina, a parent coordinator is appointed by a judge in a custody case. A judge may appoint a parent coordinator by consent of the parties or without the consent of the parties and will make the official appointment through an order signed by the judge and filed with the court.
If you and your co-parent agree, then you can enter an order for the appointment for a parent coordinator in your case by consent. If you and your co-parent cannot agree upon the need for a parent coordinator in your case, you or your attorney can file a motion with the court asking that a parent coordinator be appointed.
How Can a Parent Coordinator Help?
A parent coordinator can help in your custody case by meeting with you and your co-parent to help you resolve disagreements regarding your children. The parenting coordinator can also teach you valuable communication skills for the best ways to communicate with your co-parent for the benefit of your children.
In your meetings with a parent coordinator, you and your co-parent will get the chance to discuss different issues that have recently arisen surrounding your communication or decision-making for the children. You will have the opportunity to work through these issues while staying resolution focused for the betterment of your children.
The parenting coordinator will help you as you walk through your separation or divorce journey with the goal of shielding your children from the conflict that usually comes with separation and divorce. The parenting coordinator will tailor your meetings based on your individual needs and the issues that arise.
This is a great tool that can and should be utilized in instances where conflict is present. A Parent Coordinator spends time understanding the underlying issues and reasons for conflict can often prevent the need for frequent litigation. At Passenant & Shearin Law, our Charlotte lawyers handling parenting coordinator matters receive many of these cases through referrals from other lawyers, and we are also known for our legal abilities handling matters involving children such as custody and parenting time.
Serving Mecklenburg County — Lawyers for Parent Coordinator Matters
To schedule an initial consultation with one of the attorneys at Passenant & Shearin Law, please call us at 704-221-1111. You can also contact us by email — simply complete this short contact form.