PARENTING COORDINATION FORMS should be downloaded and completed prior to your first visit. Parenting Coordination (PC) is a newer alternative dispute resolution process. Therefore, I am happy to speak to parents via phone to provide information and answer any question they may have regarding the process. However, until I'm appointed by the court, accepted the assignment, and all applicable paperwork has been reviewed and signed by both parties, I will not be able to discuss your specific case or make recommendations.
The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court website (Unified Family Section) provides additional information about parenting coordination, including the Order of Referral to Parent Coordinator and a parenting plan packet.
HOW DO I GET A COURT ORDER FOR REFERRAL TO PARENTING COORDINATION?
Below is the form used by the 13th Judicial District Court of Hillsborough County to order parenting coordination.
Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator
REMEMBER: Only a judge is able to complete the order of referral to parenting coordination. You (if pro se) or your attorney can request the court to order parenting coordination. Dr. Vick will not act as your parenting coordinator without the Order of Referral from the Court. For those parents who are not engaged in high conflict, Dr. Vick does provide co-parenting coaching, which does not require a court order.
WHAT IS PARENT COORDINATION?
Florida Statute 61.125 defines the purpose of the PC as providing a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process whereby a PC assists the parents in creating or implementing a parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes between parents by providing education, making recommendations, and, with the prior approval of the parents and the court, making limited decisions within the scope of the court's order of referral.
PARENTING COORDINATION IS CONFIDENTIAL
Florida Statute 61.125 makes all communication made by, between, or among the parties and the PC during parenting coordination sessions confidential except as otherwise provided in this section.
The parenting coordinator and each party designated in the order appointing the coordinator may not testify or offer evidence about communications made by, between, or among the parties and the parenting coordinator during parenting coordination sessions, except if:
(a) Necessary to identify, authenticate, confirm, or deny a written agreement entered into by the parties during parenting coordination;
(b) The testimony or evidence is necessary to identify an issue for resolution by the court without otherwise disclosing communications made by any party or the parenting coordinator;
(c) The testimony or evidence is limited to the subject of a party’s compliance with the order of referral to parenting coordination, orders for psychological evaluation, counseling ordered by the court or recommended by a health care provider, or for substance abuse testing or treatment;
(d) The parenting coordinator reports that the case is no longer appropriate for parenting coordination;
(e) The parenting coordinator is reporting that he or she is unable or unwilling to continue to serve and that a successor parenting coordinator should be appointed;
(f) The testimony or evidence is necessary pursuant to paragraph (5)(b) or subsection (8);
(g) The parenting coordinator is not qualified to address or resolve certain issues in the case and a more qualified coordinator should be appointed;
(h) The parties agree that the testimony or evidence be permitted; or
(i) The testimony or evidence is necessary to protect any person from future acts that would constitute domestic violence under chapter 741; child abuse, neglect, or abandonment under chapter 39; or abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult under chapter 825.
REPORT OF EMERGENCY TO COURT.--
(a) A parenting coordinator must immediately inform the court by affidavit or verified report without notice to the parties of an emergency situation if:
1. There is a reasonable cause to suspect that a child will suffer or is suffering abuse, neglect, or abandonment as provided under chapter 39;
2. There is a reasonable cause to suspect a vulnerable adult has been or is being abused, neglected, or exploited as provided under chapter 415;
3. A party, or someone acting on a party’s behalf, is expected to wrongfully remove or is wrongfully removing the child from the jurisdiction of the court without prior court approval or compliance with the requirements of s. 61.13001. If the parenting coordinator suspects that the parent has relocated within the state to avoid domestic violence, the coordinator may not disclose the location of the parent and child unless required by court order.
(b) Upon such information and belief, a parenting coordinator shall immediately inform the court by affidavit or verified report and serve a copy on each party of an emergency in which a party obtains a final order or injunction of protection against domestic violence or is arrested for an act of domestic violence as provided under chapter 741.
QUALIFICATION OF A PARENTING COORDINATOR
In order to be approved as a PC by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, you must be a licensed mental heath provider, licensed physician, certified as a family law mediator (with at least a master's degree in the mental health field, or an attorney. And complete all of the following: three years of post licensure or post certification practice, completion of a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation training program, a minimum of 24 hours of parent coordination training in parent coordination concepts and ethics, family systems theory and application, family dynamics in separation, divorce, child and adolescent development, the parenting coordination process, parenting coordination techniques and family law, and procedure, and a minimum of 4 hours of training in domestic violence and child abuse which is related to parent coordination. A qualified PC must be in good standing, or in clear and active status, with his or her respective licensing authority, certification board, or both as applicable.
The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit SHALL NOT appoint a person to serve as a parenting coordinator who, in any jurisdiction:
(1.) Has been convicted or had adjudication withheld on a charge of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, parental kidnapping or interference with custody; (2.) has admitted to having or has been found by a court in a child protection hearing to have, abused, neglected, or abandoned a child; (3.) Has consented to an adjudication or a withhold of adjudication of a petition for dependency; or (4.) Is or has been a respondent in a final order of protection against domestic violence.
COST OF PARENTING COORDINATION
Parenting Coordination is a way to resolve family issues in a timely and affordable manner. Parents are screened by the court and PC to ensure they are appropriate for parenting coordination. An initial $2000.00 retainer is required and any unused proceeds will be refunded or you have the option of putting a credit card on file to pay for services rendered. Typical parenting coordination sessions last 1-2 hours at a cost of $200.00 per hour.
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