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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