Parenting coordination brings together two things that are required:

  • appropriate skills and expertise, and
  • authority.

Courts have authority to intervene when parents are in conflict and the children are being negatively impacted by that conflict, but judges don't have the time to be intimately involved with the family, they are not readily available, and they don't have the training and experience required to manage the process and intervene effectively.

Mediators and family therapists have the training, skills and experience required, they can be readily available, and they can spend the time required to clearly understand the dynamics of the family, but they have no authority to ensure that recommendations are followed or that agreements and guidelines are adhered to.