A parent coordinator may be very helpful in providing divorced or separated
parents in high conflict custody and access (visitation) situations. The
Parent Coordinator is a child focused expert, typically a qualified mental
health or legal professional who can be utilized by the parents to help
frame and decide issues pertaining to the parties minor children. A parent
coordinator can be selected by the parties or may be imposed upon them
by court order. Divorce often places children at risk for psychological
difficulties which may be exacerbated by a high stress and high conflict
relationship between the parents. A parent coordinator is trained to assist
in reducing the stress and conflict and assist families in developing
communication and conflict resolution skills as well as provide suggestions
regarding mechanisms to avoid future conflict.
Maryland Rule 9-205.2 sets out the requirements and powers of a Parent
Coordinator as well as the cost associated with the service.
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