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Do You Need a Parenting Coordinator?

There are cases when divorced parents cannot reach a mutual agreement on child custody arrangements or adhere to their parenting plan. Sharing child care responsibilities and keeping on top of schedules is difficult even in the best of circumstances, but for former spouses with unresolved emotional issues or dysfunctional interpersonal styles, it can be impossible.

Texas family court always prioritizes the best interests of the child and can appoint a parenting coordinator (PC) to help high conflict parents figure out a way to resolve their differences. The court may choose this alternative dispute resolution method if one or both parents file complaints with the court or ask for repeated modifications in the child custody agreement. Parenting coordinators are trained to provide the following services:

  • Education about child development and parenting skills
  • Coordinate with other professionals and extended family members
  • Identify sources of the conflict and offer solutions
  • Facilitate better communication
  • Guidance in resolving practical issues in the parenting plan
  • Make decisions when the parents are unable to do so

PCs meet with the parents, and often interview the children as well. They may also want to speak with other family members or make home visits to get a full picture of the situation. Although PCs must report any instance or suspicion of child abuse, they may not take any actions that would alter the custody arrangements set by the court.

Before you meet with a court-appointed PC, arrange a meeting with your family law attorney to discuss your parental obligations and rights under Texas law.

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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