Divorce can be a challenging life change for everyone involved. Many British Columbia residents would agree that divorce can be particularly difficult for couples with minor children. Thankfully, there is a litany of support available to help parents hammer out a comprehensive custody agreement that can help their children settle into their new lives more comfortably.
One such support network involves retaining the services of so-called “parenting coordinators”. These individuals, usually comprised of psychologists and attorneys, are specially versed in navigating high-conflict child custody cases, particularly where the parents have considerable difficulty coming to agreements pertaining to custody and visitation. The goal of parenting coordinators is to help the family avoid costly and emotionally-charged court cases.
The role of the parenting coordinator is predominantly to work with the couple to help determine when and how the parent who does not hold primary custody will see the children. The coordinator is meant to facilitate a mutually-agreeable solution while helping to keep tensions between the parents low enough that work can get done. More importantly, the support of such a neutral party can keep children from being unfairly exposed to their parents’ acrimony, which most parents would prefer no matter how contentious their divorce might be.
There is no one right way to facilitate a divorce, particularly where children are involved. British Columbia residents seeking a divorce may wish to further educate themselves on the options and supports available in their communities, from parenting coordinators to experienced divorce attorneys. Retaining the support of these experts can help keep a nasty divorce from escalating to a point where children are adversely affected.