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Being pushed out of your kids' lives and alienated from them, or struggling with an ex who seems to have abandoned the children?
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The break-up of a family is a tremendously difficult situation, and if one of the parents disengages from, or is unable to adequately perform, their parental role, or if one of the parents attempts to exclude the other from maintaining their role and relationship with the children (parental alienation), the conflict can escalate quickly and become extreme. In these situations, mediation is generally unsuccessful and counselling does not fully address the needs of the family.
In situations of acute or chronic high conflict, parenting coordination can be court ordered. This gives the parenting coordinator greater authority and empowers him or her to ensure that, for the children's sake in particular, the level of conflict is reduced and contained. Parenting coordination is suitable for situations where there is interference with parenting time and/or parental alienation, domestic violence or unsubstantiated allegations of violence and abuse, concerns about capacity to adequately care for the children, etc.
Note that while parenting coordination originally developed as a process to meet the needs of high-conflict situations, parents who are getting along well can benefit from having a parenting coordinator in place before there is a 'bump in the road' or a particular issue where they reach an impasse. In addition to being available in such a potential situation, the parenting coordinator can provide things like mediation, education, and referrals to the family, whenever they are required.