A GPS for Healthy Kids: Co Parenting After Divorce


This guide will help parents know what to expect from the Parenting Coordination process and how to make the best use of this service to reduce the harmful effects of conflict which jeopardizes the well being of children.

A GPS for Healthy Kids: Co Parenting After Divorce

A Parenting Coordinator often becomes involved when parents have been unable to successfully implement their parenting plan or previously agreed upon time-sharing and custody arrangement. Parents may recognize their need for help or they may be referred to Parenting Coordination by their attorneys, the court, mental health professionals, mediators, or others who are familiar with Parenting Coordination.

Parenting Coordination, an alternative dispute resolution process, is designed to help families whose pattern of interaction is characterized by chronic hostility and conflict. Parenting Coordination is a process designed to help parents who are separated, divorced, or never married learn how to resolve their parenting disputes outside of court and reduce the excessive cost of litigation.

This book is a companion to Parenting Coordination: A Practical Guide for Family Law Professionals and is written specifically for parents and families who are experiencing conflict in their co-parent relationship. This guide will help parents know what to expect from the Parenting Coordination process and how to make the best use of this service to reduce the harmful effects of conflict which jeopardizes the well being of children. When parents are able to effectively communicate about their children and create a sense of stability and security, children benefit and the family unit as a whole functions more effectively.


Matthew J. Sullivan, PhD; Author of Overcoming the CoParenting Trap

“This book, written by a pioneer in the development of Parenting Coordination practice, is a well-crafted, practical guide for parents who have lost their direction in the stormy seas of high-conflict shared custody situations. Dr. Carter de mystifies concepts such as coparenting, parenting plans and provides guidance in managing common issues encountered in these complex, challenging situations. It distills and applies the best relevant social science research for parents and professionals alike. This is the book I’ll refer parents to who ask the question, “Should I consider using a Parenting Coordinator?”

Hugh E. Starnes, Senior Circuit Judge, Fort Myers, FL

“There are two things that are extremely important for parents who are separating: they need the knowledge and child-focused tools to formulate their own parenting plan, and they need to have a process to minimize conflict as they move into the future. Debra Carter is contributing a valuable resource for these parents that gives them the practical and child-developmental tools to craft their customized plan, detailed and understandable information about the parenting coordination process which can help them work through serious conflict, and communication skills for keeping on track to avoid future problems. All of this is furnished in language the parents can absorb and identify with, and is underscored with real-life scenarios.”

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., President of High Conflict Institute. He is the author of several books, including It’s All Your Fault: 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything.

“CoParenting After Divorce is a clear and simple explanation of Parenting Coordination, as well as a helpful step-by-step guide for separated parents navigating issues from infants to the terrible 2’s through older teens. I really liked comparing the Parenting Coordinator to a GPS system that helps the parents stay on course – to reach a positive destination for their child(ren). Carter provides lots of research, many examples of parents overcoming conflict, and an abundance of hope. She really knows her stuff! I recommend this book as a helpful introduction to Parenting Coordination for any parent – and professional!”

JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Child Specialist; Author, Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies for Helping Children Thrive Through Divorce.

“Dr. Carter’s Guidance for Parenting System gives parents a clear road map for navigating to the most important destination: healthy children. This clear, concise guide spells out proven ways to reduce conflict and keep children’s needs a top priority. This book is a ‘must have’ for divorcing parents”.

Jamie McHale, Ph.D. Director, Family Study Center, University of South Florida

“One of Dr. Carter’s unique gifts is her ability to weed through voluminous research literatures to identify, sort out, and communicate only the most important concepts — in a way that anyone can digest and understand. The “GPS” concept of this book is an apt and perfect metaphor for how she serves us all by illuminating the most productive paths. Parents will find great value in this book; it is a straightforward and eye-opening but “easy” read. In my view, a terrific and much-needed contribution!”

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