Parental Coordination

Parental coordination helps parents replace conflict with effective communication so they can put their child’s wellbeing at the forefront.

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Explaining the process of parental coordination

Parental coordination is a form of dispute resolution that focuses on the wellbeing of children amid a complex divorce that may involve conflict. A parental coordinator can be a qualified lawyer or social scientist. Forge Legal can assist you in determining whether parental coordination is right for you, and explain the process so you are well informed on what to expect throughout and the possible outcomes of your individual situation

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Helping you manage high-conflict situations

Often, disputes involving children can cause conflicts to arise that adds unnecessary stress to an already tense situation. A lawyer can assist you resolve these conflicts by guiding you through the process of parental coordination to manage high-conflict situations should they arise, and encourage clear communication to ensure the process flows as smoothly as possible.

Dispute Resolution

Assisting you in navigating co-parenting

Trying to navigate co-parenting after a divorce can be a stressful experience. With the help of a parental coordinator, you can develop strategies to navigate co-parenting in a way that positively benefits all parties and reduces the risk of discussions turning into arguments.

Providing post parenting order advice

Understanding how parenting orders come into effect can be confusing, particularly if it is the first time you are going through the process. We can discuss your individual situation with you and provide advice regarding how life will change after a parenting order is issued so you can make decisions for your child’s best interests.

Frequently asked questions

Dispute resolution involves the disputing parties coming together to talk about their issue in order to resolve their dispute without having to take the matter to court. The aim of dispute resolution is for the parties to come to an agreement about how to solve their issues.
Parenting orders detail how the responsibility of children will be allocated after the parents have separated, including where the children live, parenting responsibilities, handover arrangements, etc. The court considers what is in the child or children’s bests interest when making a parenting order.
A parental coordinator, either a qualified lawyer or social scientist, will meet with both parents of a child and discuss their individual situation. The parental coordinator will then educate the parents on strategies for effective communication and how to manage disagreements without them turning into severe conflicts. The parents are taught how to make joint decisions and how to reduce the likelihood of conflicts arising over everyday decision making.
Often, disputes arise between parents based on everyday decisions relating to the child, such as when the child is supposed to move between each parents’ care, where the child’s belongings should reside, the child’s extracurricular activities, or how to organise weekend swaps of the child. These conflicts arise after parenting plans or orders have been made, and can be solved through parental coordination.
Parental coordination aims to assist parents with the transition from disputing ex-partners to effective co-parents that put the wellbeing of their child at the forefront of all discussions and decisions rather than focusing on their anger.
If children are exposed to severe, ongoing conflict during or after the divorce or separation of their parents, negative implications may result. The child’s education, relationships, social lives and health can all be drastically impacted by exposure to conflict. It is therefore important to consider parental coordination if you and your ex-partner are exposing your child to conflict to avoid the negative impacts.
Parental coordination does not help parents make parenting plans or change parenting orders, which is the aim of mediation or family dispute resolution. Instead, parental coordination helps parents replace conflict with effective communication so they can put their child’s wellbeing at the forefront.

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We will be honest with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer.

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Our job is not to judge anything you may have done. Our job is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.

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We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally.

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Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. We will stay on your matter right up until all of the outstanding issues have been dealt with and the court orders are complied with.

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Forge Legal’s family lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law and can assist you with all child protection and safety legal matters.

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