This innovative service to British Columbia families has evolved here over the last five years. Parents who have separated and either agreed upon, or had a court order, a parenting plan, can retain professionals (experienced and specially trained family lawyers and mental health professionals) to manage the implementation of the parenting plan where the parents or the court feel assistance for a transitional period or longer, would be of benefit to parents and their children. The work is subject to a written agreement amongst the parents and the parenting coordinator which agreement sets forth the powers of the parenting coordinator which generally include the making of binding determinations on issues relating to the care of the children. Parenting coordination offers timely solutions to often frustrating conflicts over issues like extracurricular activities, health care, and foreign travel. While not necessarily inexpensive for high conflict families, the parenting coordination option is almost always less expensive than litigating through the courts with the assistance of lawyers. Parenting coordination also offers the bonus of having someone making decisions about your children’s needs who has become familiar with them over time.
Lawyers practicing in this area
- Frequently Asked Questions related to Parenting Coordination.
The decision of our Court of Appeal in Fleetwood v. Percival (2014 BCCA 502) suggests it might become harder for BC courts to appoint parenting coordinators (“PCs”) over the objections of a parent. However, this recent decision also acknowledges the benefits of parenting coordination in high-conflict family disputes and makes a start on outlining the […]
The first decision of the BC Supreme Court on the threshold test for firing a Parenting Coordinator (PC) has been pronounced. Mr. Justice Butler in M.H. v. C.S. 2013 BCSC 2232, a case which came before the court to address a number of parenting issues including firing the PC, noted at paragraph 41 in His […]
Custody and access giving way to guardianship and parenting arrangements under BC’s new Family Law Act.
Recently the family law group attended a public event at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to inform people about the changes to BC’s family law regime that are effective March 18, 2013. As part of the event we presented a number of Powerpoints on what the changes would mean for various aspects of family law. […]
A colleague and I were talking this past week about our PC practices and observed that we have been fortunate in that working without a net we had not stumbled too badly. We have in many ways had to learn on the fly how to cope with varying degrees of dysfunction (not just ours). Our […]
Many parents have described to me how their ex-spouse is the inferior parent; he or she doesn’t buy organic, eats dinner in front of the television, watches two and a half men and doesn’t make the child floss before bed. At this point there may already have been heated discussions between the parents on this […]