RULE 8.11. Parenting Coordinators
(1) Shall have either an Associate Degree in an academic field related to child care, child development, or children's services with two years of experience in family and children services; or a Bachelor’s Degree;
(2) Shall have completed at least 12 hours of specialized parenting coordinator training which includes developmental stages of children, the dynamics of high conflict, the stages and effects of divorce, problem-solving techniques, and the dynamics of domestic violence, its impact on children and lethality assessment;
(3) Shall have completed a minimum 40 hours of domestic relations mediation training;
(4) Shall have no criminal conviction for, or substantiated instance of child abuse or neglect, and shall not be or have been restrained by a domestic violence protection order or disorderly conduct restraining order entered after notice and hearing; and
(5) Shall complete at least 18 hours of parenting coordinator related training every three years after receiving the initial hours of specialized training. Parenting Investigators otherwise qualified and trained under this rule, may use either parenting investigator continuing education or parenting coordinator continuing education to meet this requirement.
(1) Inform the parties of the role of a parenting coordinator;
(2) Monitor implementation of a voluntary or court-ordered parenting plan or parenting schedule as requested by the families or the court;
(3) Facilitate the resolution of disputes regarding the implementation of the parenting plan, the schedule, or parenting time issues provided such resolution does not involve a substantive change to the court’s order;
(4) Recommend strategies for implementing the parenting plan or resolving other parenting issues that may be impacting the parenting plan;
(5) Assist the parties in developing communication and cooperation for the purpose of effective co-parenting of the children, including helping the parents find resources to develop effective communication skills; and
(6) Document the services provided and record agreements reached.