The purpose of a parenting coordinator during your child custody litigation is to provide an alternative dispute resolution to assist with your Broward parenting plan and time-sharing schedule. Your Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer may recommend parenting coordination in your marital and family law case to assist you and your spouse with the resolution of your child related disputes by providing education, making recommendations, and, with prior approval, making limited decisions.
If you and your spouse have a history of domestic violence prior to or during your Broward divorce, your lawyer may not request that the court order parenting coordination unless you and your spouse consent. If both parties consent to parenting coordination during a divorce or paternity case, the Fort Lauderdale divorce court will require safeguards to protect the safety of the participants.
Absent a written agreement amongst the parties, the court can only appoint a qualified parenting coordinator who is either a licensed mental health professional, licensed physician certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family law mediator with a master’s degree in a mental health field or a member of The Florida Bar. A parenting coordinator used by your Broward divorce lawyer in creating or implementing your parenting plan must also complete three years of post-licensure or post-certification practice, a family mediation training program by The Florida Supreme Court and 24 hours of parenting coordination training.