Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Child Custody 

In a Miami child custody case that is highly contested, a parenting coordinator may be the key to peaceful resolution of parental conflict. Florida law puts certain requirements in place to ensure a parenting coordinator addresses the best interest of the parties’ children. 

Appointment of a parenting coordinator in a Florida child custody case happens with the consent of both parties, the direction of the judge or by motion of one party. In cases in which there is a history of domestic violence, the court may not order parenting coordination without the consent of both parties. 

Responsibility between the parties for payment for the coordinator must be considered by looking at the incomes, assets and liabilities of both parties. The court cannot order parenting coordination without the parties’ consent unless it determines that they have the financial ability to pay the parenting coordination fees and costs. If a party is found to be indigent, that party cannot be ordered to parenting coordination unless there are public funds available to pay that party’s share of fees for the service. 

With some exceptions, the parenting coordinator and the parties must keep what is said in sessions confidential. This rule is likely in place to encourage both parties to be transparent and aim for amicable resolution of a case. If a party feared what he/she said in sessions could be used against him/her in court, a party may not be open to suggesting certain settlement offers, for example.  

Aiming to amicably resolve child custody disputes is undoubtedly in the best interest of children. Consult with a Miami child custody attorney to discuss your options in resolving your case.