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Ten Signs You May Need a Parenting Coordinator

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2018 | Firm News

Do you have a high conflict case? Do you have a case with significant parenting concerns? Parent Coordination Services may be the solution. Jennifer Himmelein is an experienced attorney who can handle demanding tasks of parenting coordination in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. But when do you know if it’s time to contact a parenting coordinator, or a family law attorney that specializes in parenting coordination? From Jennifer’s experience working with divorced parents forced to navigate moving-on with a new life while adhering to a parenting agreement, it’s usually a big transition for any family. Some components make it more difficult than others and there can be signs that a parenting coordinator could be beneficial to your post-divorce peace-of-mind parenting with an ex-spouse, or whatever the family situation may involve.

What is a Parenting Coordinator?

Ohio Supreme Court parenting coordination rules adopted in 2014 help local courts that wish to use a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process to assist families in implementing parental rights and responsibilities or companionship time orders. The parenting coordinator facilitates the resolution of parenting disputes in a timely manner, educates parents about children’s needs, and makes decisions within the scope of the appointment and court order.

Ten Signs You May Benefit From a Parenting Coordinator

Parenting coordination can be appropriate in cases when there has been:

1) unsuccessful mediation
2) limited or no contact between child and parent
3) restricted access between child and family members
4) interference with parent’s access to child’s records/information
5) a high rate of litigation
6) frequent lawyer changes
7) ongoing disagreements about parenting time schedules
8) history of extreme and/or ongoing parental conflict
9) a need for ongoing or frequent adjustments to the parenting time schedule
10) a medical/psychological condition of the child and/or both parents.

Jennifer is a lawyer at Cavitch Familo & Durkin and has been practicing as a Family Law Attorney since 2009, working with families as an attorney, Guardian ad Litem and Parenting Coordinator during that time. Jennifer is registered to serve as a Parenting Coordinator in several courts. Jennifer also has personal experience with children as a mother and stepmother. Jennifer’s personal and legal background makes her an excellent fit to work with families by providing Parenting Coordination services.

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