Parenting Coordination is provided to families by Order of the Court if the Judge finds any of the following:
- The parents are persistently in conflict with one another
- There is a history of substance abuse by either parent or family violence
- There are serious concerns about the mental health or behavior of either parent
- A child has special needs
- It would otherwise be in the children's best interest to do so
- Why did the Judge order a Parenting Coordination?
Parents may need a Parenting Coordinator when other avenues of problem resolution have not worked and there are continued disagreements regarding issues such as schedules, overnight parenting time, choice of schools, extracurricular activities, exchanging the children, holiday scheduling, the handling of the children's behavior, religious training, health issues, and problematic behaviors on the part of one or both parents. Many times, the family has already participated in a custody and parenting time evaluation. Using a Parenting Coordinator to resolve disputes and help make recommendations to the Court about your children can be a useful alternative to repeatedly going to Court.
- What issues can the Parent Coordinator resolve?
The Parent Coordinator shall not have the authority to make recommendations affecting child support, a change in custody, or a substantial change in parenting time. A PC shall only have the authority that is delegated in the Court Order or the consent provided by the parties. The following issues can be addressed by the PC if the Court Order grants the PC authority or by consent of the parties, but they are not limited to:
- Minor changes or clarification of parenting time, including holidays, vacations, or temporary variations from the existing plan
- Transitions and/or the exchange of the children including date, time, place, and means of transportation of general travel
- Health management issues including medical dental, orthodontic and vision care
- Child rearing issues
- Psychotherapy or other mental health care including substance abuse assessment, psychological testing, or counseling for the children or parents
- Education or daycare including location, tutoring, summer school, participation in special education testing or programming or other major educational decisions
- Extracurricular or enrichment activities including enrollment in sports, camps, or jobs
- Religious Issues
- Personal appearance changes including clothing or alteration of appearance
- Parental communication including telephone, email, notes, etc
- Contact with significant others and/or extended family members
- Access to the children's records, including medical, dental, mental health, and education
- Parenting classes for either or both parents
- How do I contact my Parent Coordinator?
Email your Parent Coordinator or fax your message to 520-866-7354. You must include the other parent in all correspondence that you send to the Parent Coordinator.
You must include your name and case number in all correspondence to the Parent Coordinator.
- Is there a fee for Parent Coordination?
Currently, there is a $50 per person fee for Parent Coordination. The Court Ordered fee must be paid at the Clerk of the Court's office before you attend the required Parent Coordination orientation.
The Clerk of the Court's office is located at:
971 N Jason Lopez Circle
Florence, AZ 85132