constitutes a "loyalty bind," that is, a child being caught in the middle between both parents.
When a loyalty bind is occurring, the Parenting Co-ordinator shall point it out and help both
Parents stop the behavior leading to this dilemma for the Child(ren). The Parenting Co-ordinator
shall help both Parents accept the relevance of the other Parent in the Children's lives and
understand the serious emotional consequences of losing a Parent.
13. Not A Therapist.
The Parenting Co-ordinator is not serving in the role of therapist but
rather as a coordinator/facilitator of the crafting, with the parents, of an appropriate timeshare
plan for the children at issue. Any issue indicating a need for therapy, individually or as a group,
is to be immediately referred to a mental health professional agreed upon by the Parents or in
the absence of an agreement, appointed by the Court. It is not the Parenting Co-ordinator’s
function to furnish long term therapeutic services to the Parents or Child(ren). If the
dynamics of the family situation of the Parents and/or Child(ren) require consistent,
repeated intervention, such that long term therapeutic care is appropriate, then, it is the
obligation of the Parenting Co-ordinator to refer the specific Family member(s) in need of
such service(s) to the appropriate therapeutic service provider(s) and/or program(s) for
continuing, on-going intervention. The Parenting Co-ordinator is disqualified from the
delivery of long term therapeutic care to the Family members to whom Parenting Co-
ordinator facilitation services have been rendered.
14. Meeting with the Parenting Coordinator.
A. The Parenting Co-ordinator will work with both Parents, the Children, and
with others when necessary to observe their communication styles including any
aggressive or defensive attitudes. The Co-ordinator may meet with the parties or the
children jointly or separately. The Parenting Co-ordinator shall determine whether
appointments will be joint or separate, by telephone or in person. Attorneys for both
parties may be included in an appointment if requested in order to explain issues and
conflicts. However, it is understood that this is a non-adversarial process designed to
encourage the development of communication and parenting skills between the parents.
The Parenting Co-ordinator shall be in charge of the process at all times and shall direct
the course of the proceedings.
B. The initial parenting co-ordinating session is comprised of a total of two (2)
hours which, at the option of the Parenting Co-ordinator, may be divided into two
(2) sessions or be completed in one (1) session. The initial parenting co-
ordinating session has already been scheduled at a charge of $150.00, with each
party being responsible for fifty (50%) percent thereof or $75.00 each. If the issues
referred by the Court have not been resolved within that time frame, then, in that
event, the Parenting Co-ordinator may extend the sessions for up to an additional
four (4) hours without further Court order and the parties are required to comply
therewith on those initial issues. Thereafter, either Parent may contact the
Parenting Co-ordinator to schedule and arrange convenient times for meetings
concerning new timeshare or parenting issues involving the Children. The Parties
are free to return to the Parenting Co-ordinator they initially consulted or upon
mutual agreement, any other Parenting Co-ordinator recognized as qualified by