It is a dispute resolution process focused on the children. It is a child-centered process where both parents work collaboratively with a single neutral third party. We use a mixture of education and coaching to teach parents the skills to better manage their co-parenting relationship thereby reducing the amount of conflict that a family is experiencing. It is a process where we work with parents to help them focus on the needs of the children rather than their own anger. It may also include email monitoring and coaching on how to improve communication and manage the conflict. It teaches parents how to make decisions about the children together. The focus is on the well-being of the child and to lower everyone’s stress levels.
Most often divorce is a time when parents go through heightened emotions, anger, conflict, sadness, depression and anxiety. These negative emotions are often heightened by the adversarial/court process. Parents find that it very difficult to manage the co-parenting relationship post-divorce and the conflict continues for many years. This can affect children.
The parents may have agreed on a plan when they finalized their divorce but it does not mean that there won’t be continuing arguments and disagreements regarding parenting arrangements. The conflict and disagreements don’t magically stop because a parenting agreement has been reached. Many parents have no idea what shared parenting is like and the slightest disagreement over the most trivial issue can cause ongoing conflict between the parties.