Parenting Coordination: A Practical Guide for Family Law Professionals


The seminal work on the integrated model of Parenting Coordination, an approach which utilizes structured interventions and an appropriate team of professionals to maximize effectiveness, efficiency, and costs.

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Parenting Coordination is a child-centered process for conflicted divorced and divorcing parents. The Parenting Coordinator (PC) makes decisions to help high-conflict parents who cannot agree to parenting decisions on their own. This professional text serves as a training manual for use in all states and provinces which utilize Parenting Coordination, addressing the intervention process and the science that supports it.

The text offers up-to-date research, a practical guide for training, service provision, and references to relevant research for quality parenting coordination practice. Specifically, this book describes the integrated model of Parenting Coordination, including the Parent Coordinator’s professional role, responsibilities, protocol for service, and ethical guidelines.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Parenting Coordination: The Integrated Model

Chapter Two: Parenting Coordination Procedures

Chapter Three: Getting Started

Chapter Four: Developing an Intervention Strategy

Chapter Five: Conflict Analysis, Transformation, and Containment

Chapter Six: Strategies to Disengage from Conflict

Chapter Seven:  Strategies to Build Consensus

Chapter Eight: Parenting Plans:  Using Research as a Guide

Chapter Nine: Intervention Strategies for Families with Special Challenges

Chapter Ten: Managing the Parenting Coordination Process


Comments From Parenting Coordinators

A must have book for professionals and helpful for parents as well.

Dr. Debra Carter has taken cutting edge research, years of experience in the field and written an easy to understand and practical guide for not only family law professionals but also helpful to parents experiencing a high conflict divorce and the resulting problems for children and extended family. I work in the field of family law and find Dr. Carter’s book to be easily readable, a valuable tool for educating parents and helpful to me in writing parenting plans and parenting evaluations. Dr. Carter’s book takes very lofty and recent research and puts it in a format anyone can easily use in their practice. I recommend it to parents as I think it can help non-professionals to parent effectively through a difficult separation or divorce. I highly recommend this book. I am using it myself in my own practice and find it very effective. If I could give more than five stars I would!

By another Parenting Coordinator

Having worked as a Parenting Coordinator for several years, I thought I knew it all. This book has me thinking and re-thinking all aspects of my practice from intervention styles to liability management to marketing. The author has done a great job of translating the research into practical terms. No one should practice as a Parenting Coordinator without having read this book. I am so impressed that I’m going to re-train with Dr. Carter’s Parenting Coordination: A Practical Guide for Family Law Professionals.

By another Parenting Coordinator

Clear, Concise, and Compassionate- Excellent for Professionals and Family’s

This book is not only well written and a wonderful resource on the research in this area, but as the title claims practical for the professional as well as the family who may be experiencing this level of conflict. Dr. Carter’s breadth of experience and knowledge is readily apparent throughout the book, offering clearly written direction and guidance. Further, Dr. Carter’s sincere objective to assist those working in this area so they may offer child-centered services that result in outcomes that are in the best interest of the child is not only vitally important but inspirational.

Comment from an anonymous Family Judge

I recommend Parenting Coordination for anyone who is considering using the parenting coordination process to resolve disputes over time-sharing and parental responsibility. Dr. Carter uses language that is easy to read and understand, making this book a useful tool for both parents and professionals. Dr. Carter explains the unique professional role of a parenting coordinator and provides a step-by-step approach to the parenting coordination process. Each time I pick up this book, I learn a little more and the more I learn, the more I am inspired by the opportunities parenting coordination provides to parents who are entrenched in conflict. This alternative to expensive and damaging litigation should be available to parents in every jurisdiction. The book is a good academic treatise, but I really hope it will also encourage qualified professionals to obtain training and provide these services to families in their communities.

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