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Parenting coordination in child custody disputes

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania many residents are submerged in their ongoing divorce battles. These battles may become more grueling because a divorcing couple often disagrees regarding child custody issues. Although the parents' aim is to act in the child's best interest, parents sometimes become so involved in these heated battles that they tend to forget about the child. Fortunately, there is a promising profession that may help these co-parents properly coordinate with each other in taking care of the children.

However, because this profession is new, there might be some misunderstanding regarding parenting coordination. To help readers understand, here are some points to remember. First is that the span of the coordinator's authority is ruled by statute and may vary, depending on the state. The coordinator is here only to help co-parents reach an agreement in decision making; in fact, a coordinator is only allowed to decide on the parents' behalf if they cannot arrive at a joint decision on their own.

Another thing is that the coordinator's job is to provide an alternative that is focused on the children when resolving disputes between co-parents. This alternative may include recommendations and a parenting plan. Parenting coordination is not a short cut to fixing co-parenting disputes. Although the aim of the coordinator is to help co-parents resolve present disagreements, the main goal is to give co-parents enough techniques so that they can make the right decisions in consideration with the best interests of the children.

Parenting coordination is an effective method that may help the parents to overcome the aggression and hostillity between them. However, readers in Philadelphia may take into account that the capacity of a parenting coordinator directly depends on the Order of Referral from the family court. Furthermore, there are a lot more issues regarding child custody where parenting coordination is not applicable.

Because of this, it may still be best for parents in Philadelphia with child custody concerns to consult a legal professional. The legal professionals may provide these parents with much more extensive details regarding their legal options. The legal professional may also represent the parents in legal proceedings regarding visitation rights and agreement modification.

Source: Huffingtonpost.com, "Myths, Misconceptions, and Misunderstandings About Parenting Coordination," Diane L. Danois, July 17, 2013

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