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Parents who have experienced a high conflict divorce often wish their family relationship would disappear completely, but it does not. These same parents must learn to co-parent their children, often for many years. This dynamic also holds true for never-married parents who have adjudicated custody issues. The children wish the conflict would disappear once their parents are living apart, but the same family dynamics that led to the divorce are in place after the divorce. In such a setting, the children suffer as the parents engage in ongoing custody litigation, filing contempt action after contempt action against each other. The courts have become overwhelmed trying to handle these high conflict situations.
Parent Coordinators help these parents and these children by working with the families to find strategies to lower the tension and conflict for everyone. Parent Coordinators educate the parents about how their behavior is negatively affecting the children, facilitate effective communication techniques, assist the parents to set goals, and help the parents meet those goals over time. Heidi Risser is a Certified Parenting Coordinator.