PARENTING COORDINATOR APPLICATION FORM AND TRAINING STANDARDS

and, as such, helps fulfill the court system’s vision of supportinga var ie ty of
dispute resolution forums.”
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Sec t ion 61.125 Florida Statutes, became effective o n Oc tober 1, 2009, and
provides for the parenting coordination process. Subsection 61.125(1), Florida
Statutes, defines the purpose of parenti ng coordination as follows:
[T]o provide a child-focuse d alte rnative dis pu te re s olut i on pr ocess
whereby a parenting coordinator a ssists t he parents in creat ing or
implementing a parenting plan by fac ilitating the resolu tion of
disputes between the parents by providing educati on, making
recommendations, and, with t he pri or approva l of the parents and
the co ur t, m aki ng lim ite d de c is ion s wit hin the sc op e of the co ur t 's
order of referral.
Sec t ion 61.125, Florida Statutes, establishes the sta nda r ds for the referral of
cases to parent ing coordinators by the court, qualifications for and disqualifications
of parenting coordinators, fees, confidentiality of the proc ess, emergenc y situation
reporting requirements, and liability limitations of parenting coordinators.
Implementation of the sta tute on a sta tewide, uniform ba sis is vital t o e nsur e th e
quality of both parenting coordinators and t he parentin g coor dination process.
The Committee o n Alternat ive Dispu te Resolution Rules a nd Policy
(Committee), t hrough it s Joint Parenting Coordination Subcommittee, c onsidered
and reviewed the parenting coordination statute a nd received input from parenting
coordinat ion training providers, appr oved parenting coordinator s, and subject
1. Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch, p. 1 (2009),
The Florida Supr eme Court Task Force on Jud ic ial Branc h Planning; availa ble a t
http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/stratplan/2009LongRangePlanMain.shtml.
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