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Helping Parents Resolve High-Conflict Custody Disputes

Of the issues involved in a marital separation, none is as important as a child’s wellbeing. Everyone agrees about wanting what’s best for the children – but does not always agree on what is best. The stakes could not be higher and that’s where a qualified Parenting Plan Coordinator (PPC) will help.

If you are interested in seeking professional assistance from a parenting plan coordinator, let Nader and Woodcock help you resolve your child custody disputes. With over 25 years of experience as a family law attorney, mediator, private judge, and Parenting Coordinator, Hamid Naraghi gets to the heart of the issues involved and carefully explores possible solutions. Hamid excels at providing a comfortable environment where both parties can express their concerns and preferably reach an agreement on the best parenting plan if possible, and the best recommendation if an agreement is not possible at that time.

What is a Parenting Plan Coordinator (PPC)?

A Parenting Plan Coordinator is a child-centered dispute resolution service where a professional appointed by the Court, or by agreement of the parties, helps resolve parenting plan disagreements. The PPC’s first preference is to facilitate an agreement between the parents. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the PPC is given the ability to make certain decisions about parenting plans that are in the children’s best interest. Major decisions are reserved for the Court, but the PPC may make recommendations about those major decisions.

What are examples of disputes where a PPC can help?

A PPC can help resolve disputes about issues such as schedule changes, extracurricular activities, holidays, vacations, special events, adaptation of a parenting plan to meet the rapidly changing needs of an infant or toddler, managing a child’s behavior, school selection, health care decisions, difficulties at the exchange of children between parents, problematic behaviors by one or both parents and any other issue pertaining to parenting decisions.

Which Families Benefit from Appointment of a Parenting Plan Coordinator?

Most often, a PPC is appointed for families who have recurring issues and disputes relating to their parenting plan, after there has been a custody evaluation and a court order. Appointment of a PPC may also be valuable once a temporary order is in place, pending an evaluation, in situations where the family is experiencing many changes, stresses or difficulties. A PPC may help manage cases in which a parent and child are rebuilding a relationship which has been interrupted or damaged. Another situation in which appointment of a PPC may be appropriate is when one parent suffers from an intermittent recurring problem which impacts upon caretaking capacity, such as substance abuse or mental illness.

What is the Difference Between a PPC and a Mediator?

In mediation, no decision is reached unless both parents agree. The mediator facilitates decision making but has no power to make decisions. By agreeing to the appointment of a PPC, parents give the PPC the power to make decisions when the parents cannot agree.

What are the Advantages of Using a PPC?

  • A PPC can facilitate parallel parenting, reducing the need for stressful contact between parents.
  • A PPC can make frequent small decisions when they arise, which otherwise would require an ex parte or Order to Show Cause.
  • Informal decision making is far less expensive than litigation.
  • The PPC works with the family and gets to know them well. Decisions are apt to be better tailored to the needs of the family as the PPC’s knowledge of them grows.
  • A PPC can help parents improve their communication with one another and help them recognize what communication is necessary and what is not necessary.
  • A PPC can be selected who has expertise about an issue of particular importance to the family such as needs of infants, substance abuse, learning disabilities, special medical needs, etc.
  • A PPC can help keep children out of the middle and help them grow up seeing their parents successfully manage and resolve conflicts.

Call (800) 689-0774 today to discuss your case with our experienced Parenting Plan Coordinator.

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