When parents agree to address parenting disputes with the assistance of a Parenting Consultant (PC), the PC is court appointed to this alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. The PC works with parents in an effort to reduce the need for court involvement. The PC role often involves identifying the need for support from additional professionals to assist with decreasing conflict between the parents, and provide more support as the children move between homes. Examples of such support includes coaches to address co-parenting challenges, or mental health professionals for the parents and/or children to provide therapeutic support for particular concerns.
The PC will meet with parents to address disagreements related to caring for the children, and effort is made to facilitate agreements between the parents. However, if the parents are unable to reach an agreement, Dr. Anderson will work within the scope of the PC Order to provide a decision to resolve an impasse.