PC News and Tips From Across the Country and Around the World!
Author: Hilary Linton
Parenting coordination is in its infancy in Ontario. As an unregulated, private service for which no court directives or Rules apply, we can learn a lot from what others are doing.
Here are some updates:
- Anne-Marie Cade is an Australian lawyer, parenting coordinator and Churchill Fellowship scholar. She has been interviewing PCs around the world for her ground-breaking research paper, expected in early 2023. I recently interviewed Anne-Marie about her work. Here is an exclusive sneak peak just for FDRIO members!
- Did you know that FDRP PCs are eligible to join the Saskatchewan Early Family Dispute Resolution Roster? That province mandates parties seeking relief in court to have tried one form of dispute resolution with an approved practitioner. The criteria for joining the list of approved PCs can be found here!
- I recently interviewed two leading PCs in South Africa, Astrid Martalas and Craig Schneider. I wanted to learn more from PCs working in a jurisdiction similar to ours, where there is no court direction or legislative mandate for parenting coordination.
- It is very realistic and practical. They let new clients know right away that they do not do emergencies, there is no therapeutic element to their work nor are they going to enforce outcomes.
- They offer a very pragmatic four-step model.
- Their agreement takes effect when either parent seeks their input about a dispute— not when the PC agreement is signed.
- PCs have the option to refer the matter go court without violating the PC Agreement. I found this quite compelling as another tool in the PC Toolbox.
- Have you joined the AFCC Parenting Coordination Network? If not, you should! This is a google group that brings great value to its members. Contact the AFCC for more information!
- Finally, Riverdale will be forming a new Mentoring Group in the new year for new PCs, including those who have completed their training and are seeking the required number of supervised hours. Anyone interested in learning more please contact us at email@example.com!
Hilary Linton is a Toronto family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, parenting coordinator and trainer. After litigating civil and family matters for 14 years, she started Riverdale Mediation Ltd. which has become internationally recognized as a leader in family dispute resolution training.