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When parents establish a parenting plan, it is not necessarily the end of conflict and uncertainty. Even after custody is decided and a parenting plan is well underway, parents may have disagreements over how the plan is implemented. One parent may accuse the other of failing to abide by the terms of the plan. In cases where conflict continues, it is often helpful to enlist the services of a parent coordinator (PC).
At Terry & Gookins, LLC, we provide parent coordination services to clients in Carmel and throughout the greater Indianapolis area. Attorney Stephanie K. Gookins is a trained parent coordinator with significant experience helping parents develop, implement and monitor parenting plans. In addition to these services, we can represent your interests in all family law and custody-related legal issues.
The Role Of A Parent Coordinator
A parent coordinator, or PC, does not represent either parent but rather is working to find a resolution to particular issues that will be in the best interest of the child. The PC can be appointed with different levels of authority, from simply providing guidance for the parties involved to setting up treatment plans for parents and children to improve their communication and co-parenting.
The cost of PC services is generally shared by the parties, although it can be attributed to one party in similar circumstances. To engage Stephenie as a PC, a retainer must be paid and letters of engagement signed by both parties to explain the process. Once the letters of engagement are executed, Stephenie will meet with both parties individually so that she can learn the issues that are important to each individual. After the initial meetings, most communication will take place in joint sessions either in person, group email or conference call.
The goal of the PC process is to reduce the need to re-litigate issues and always put the best interest of the children in the forefront. Parent coordinators are particularly useful for parents who have great difficulty making important mutual and timely decisions about their children. This intervention is also helpful when there are ongoing and unsubstantiated allegations of parental neglect or abuse of the child.