A Parenting Coordinator Is a Third-Party Professional
Video Transcribed: Hello, my name is Jason Lile and I am a Dad’s attorney in Tulsa. Today, I’d like to talk to you about hiring a parenting coordinator. Now, in the course of your divorce or your paternity suit, or after the divorce or paternity suit, if it’s such that you just cannot get along with the other parent, that you just cannot make decisions, not one conversation goes by without a tremendous amount of conflict, there are several things that you can do to help that process become more smooth, to help you document what goes on. And that documentation can be very important for later modifications if that’s what’s necessary.
Specifically, you can hire a parenting coordinator. A parenting coordinator is a third-party professional, and it is typically an attorney who will for a fee-by-the-hour negotiate conflicts between you and the other parent. This is important for two reasons.
Number one, you need to get through these conflicts so that you can co-parent your children. And number two, if it’s such that someday, this is just never going to work out such that you and the other parent can co-parent, it will be important that you hire an attorney to help you represent your desire to have the decree modified. It may be that you need sole legal custody because you are unable to make decisions with that other parent, because they’re being obstructive or just argumentative or not cooperating.
You can hire a parenting coordinator by requesting one through the court, supporting the reason that it’s needed, and asking the court to fairly divide the cost for the parenting coordinator. And after the fact, it’s very important that you keep good track of what goes on with the parenting coordinator and have assistance in managing your communication with the parenting coordinator so that it’s useful later on in litigation if a modification is necessary.
One advantage of hiring an experienced attorney in this regard is that the parenting coordinator is often another lawyer. If you hire an attorney that’s experienced, then the lawyer will typically know who the parenting coordinator is, what his or her style is and how best to deal with them. If you’d like to know anything else about this, feel free to contact me the Oklahoma Child Custody Attorney for Men at dads.law.