Parents & Families

The process of divorce may be long, difficult, and both emotionally and financially devastating, but the one thing most parents want to protect, above all else, is their children. With so much at risk – now is the time to seek help so that your children’s best interests can be protected.

A Message from Dr. Debra K. Carter

No parent, knowingly, sets out to hurt their children or expose them to bitter fighting, loyalty binds, or emotional trauma; yet this is precisely what can occur when parents engage in a prolonged and hostile divorce process or custody battle. When dealing with all the legal and financial aspects of a divorce, parents are often left with little energy or time to focus on their children; right at the time when they are feeling most vulnerable and insecure.

The experienced professionals at NCPC can help! Take a moment and review just some of our services that may help you protect your children throughout and after the divorce process: Parenting Plan development, Parenting Coordination, Parenting Quality assessment, or Family Law Mediation. Clink on any of these links and please contact us for more information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Debra K. Carter, Licensed Psychologist

President and Co- Founder, the National Cooperative Parenting Center

Parenting Plans (Custody)

Successful parenting during and after a divorce requires a different approach than parenting in a child who has both parents in the same home. Parents who are separating or divorcing are often concerned about the impact the change in family structure will have on their children.

The child development experts at NCPC can help parents and family law professionals design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs and helps avoid ongoing conflicts and arguments.

Our plans take into account any changes that will impact you and your children for years to come.  Take a look at the sample plan below. If you need assistance call us.

Parenting Coordination

Parents who can’t seem to come to agreement about issues relating to parenting turn to a Parenting Coordinator. Parenting Coordination is a process that helps parents resolve disputes and learn how to protect their children from the harmful effects of ongoing parental conflict. Parents in need of an objective expert in child development help ensure that children’s best interests are met can contact NCPC for a referral.

Parenting Assessment

The licensed Psychologists at NCPC are experts in assessing the needs of children and their families to help guide the parents and, sometimes, the courts when it comes to determining the best interests of each individual child.  If you, or your attorney have concerns about the parenting skills of  your child’s other parent or want to ensure your child’s needs are met, call for more information.

The child development experts at NCPC can help parents and family law professionals design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs and helps avoid ongoing conflicts and arguments.

Our plans take into account any changes that will impact you and your children for years to come.  Take a look at the sample plan below. If you need assistance call us.

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Family Law Mediation

Our FL Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediators are trained to facilitate negotiation in divorce and separation. At NCPC we specialize in mediating issues surrounding parenting and child rearing. Mediators with expertise in mental health and child development can help parents reach agreements that best meet their children’s needs.

Relocation Risk Assessment

The licensed Psychologists at NCPC are experts in assessing the needs of children and their families to help guide the parents and, sometimes, the courts when it comes to determining the best interests of each individual child.  If you, or your attorney have concerns about the parenting skills of  your child’s other parent or want to ensure your child’s needs are met, call for more information.

The child development experts at NCPC can help parents and family law professionals design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs and helps avoid ongoing conflicts and arguments.

Our plans take into account any changes that will impact you and your children for years to come.  Take a look at the sample plan below. If you need assistance call us.

Parenting Plan Facilitation

Parenting Plan facilitation is a social study conducted by a qualified mental health professional to help parents establish or modify parenting plan arrangements. This time-limited intervention is designed to help parents and the court modify parenting arrangements while assessing effectiveness before finalizing an agreement.

This type of intervention if often used when the court finds that the parents’ lack of cooperation negatively affects a child’s relationship with a parent, and/or when parents are unable to establish or comply with previously ordered or agreed upon parenting plan arrangements.  The Parenting Plan Facilitator may inform the court as to each party’s commitment to the principals of shared parenting and any obstacles identified to establishing an effective parenting plan that would benefit the child.

Parenting Plan (Custody) Evaluation and Recommendations

Parents who are separating or divorcing are often concerned about the impact the change in family structure will have on their children. The child development experts at NCPC can help parents and their attorneys design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs while considering each parent’s strengths and weaknesses. This process includes a thorough assessment of all parties and follows protocols which exceed all national standards and guidelines, e.g. APA, AFCC, etc. Our experts take into account any changes that will impact parents and children for years to come and include these in recommendations.

The child development experts at NCPC can help parents and family law professionals design a detailed parenting plan that addresses each child’s needs and helps avoid ongoing conflicts and arguments.

Our plans take into account any changes that will impact you and your children for years to come.  Take a look at the sample plan below. If you need assistance call us.

Parenting Questionaire

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