Parenting Coordinators may be appointed in highly conflicted child custody cases to help parents carry out the provisions of a child custody order in regard to the best interest of the child(ren) and reduce the family’s reliance on the court. The main purpose of the Parenting Coordinator is to reduce conflict between parents and refocus them on the child(ren)’s needs. They educate and improve communication while negotiating differences parents may have. A Parenting Coordinator may help with decisions regarding visitation schedules and transportation, vacation and holidays, as well as the health, education and emotional needs of a child. Parenting Coordinators are compensated by the parties of the contested custody case.
Must have a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, law, social work, or counseling, and no less than five years of related professional post degree experience.
Must have attended Judicial District 15B’s combined Parenting Coordinator and Civil District Guardian ad Litem training which consists of 24 hours of classroom training, or other comparable training program.
Must hold a current North Carolina license in the parenting coordinator’s area of practice. Participate in 24 hours of training in topics related to the developmental stages of children, the dynamics of high-conflict families, the stages and effects of divorce, problem solving techniques, mediation, and legal issues.
Participate in an ongoing seminar on at least a quarterly basis, to include continuing education, group discussion, and peer review and support. Monthly peer consultation among approved Parent Coordinators is encouraged.
GUARDIANS AD LITEM INFORMATION
Guardians ad Litem (GAL) may be appointed in contested civil district court custody cases. They are appointed before an original custody order or a modification of a custody order is submitted to the court. GALs investigate the needs of the child in a custody dispute and make recommendations to the judge regarding what is in the child’s best interest. They interview persons involved in the child’s life and gather information from many sources to formulate a comprehensive and balanced picture of a child’s needs in the family. GALs provide assessment and recommendations upon conclusion of the investigation as specified in the GAL Appointment Court Order. Custody orders are formulated after the GAL investigation and report is complete. Civil District GALs are compensated by the parties in the contested custody case.
GALs must have attended and received a certificate of completion of 24 hours of Judicial District 15B’s combined Civil District Guardian ad Litem and Parent Coordinator Training that includes knowledge and practice of confidentiality, interviewing, dynamics of high conflict families, and legal issues.
Eligibility for the approved Civil District Guardian ad Litem list for Judicial District 15B: Complete the attached form and forward to the Center for Cooperative Parenting for review. The chief district court judge makes final decisions regarding additions to the approved list.
Participate in an ongoing seminar on at least a quarterly basis, to include continuing education, group discussion, and peer review and support. Monthly peer consultation among approved Civil District GALs is encouraged.
Judicial District 15B’s Guardian ad Litem Program that supervises volunteer GALs in abuse, neglect and dependency cases cannot provide supervision to Civil District GALs.