Parenting Coordination is a process designed to help parents implement and comply with their parenting plans and reduce the amount of damaging conflict between parents to which children are exposed. Parenting Coordination is recommended when parents have never been able to develop a co-parenting relationship when they are unable to make decisions together and the children are suffering as a result of parental conflict.
Parenting coordinators are specially trained professionals whose work focuses on helping parents manage their parenting plan, improve communication, and resolve disputes. The role of a parenting coordinator will vary based on what a family needs and what the court may stipulate.
A parenting coordinator may monitor that parents are complying with their parenting agreement, to educate and offer recommendations on ways to solve issues, or to even make individual decisions for the parents based on what the court allows. A parenting coordinator is there to work with the parents, yet the overarching focus of their work is to uphold the best interests of the children and encourage each parent to do so as well.
Andrew G. Storie has been a certified Florida Parenting Coordinator since 2009 and has been appointed as a Parent Coordinator by courts in the Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orange and Osceola counties), the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit (Seminole and Brevard counties), the Seventh Judicial Circuit (Volusia County) and the Fifth Judicial Circuit (Lake, Marion, Citrus, Sumter and Hernando counties).