If you are curious about the concept of parenting consulting and want to learn more about the process, Johnson Mediation can help. A Parenting Consultant (PC) works with families to help them navigate issues related to parenting time (also known as visitation), differences in parenting styles, approach to discipline, schedules, education as well as interests and activities of the child or children. It is important to understand that a parenting consultant does not address issues related to custody or finances. A parenting consultant can be chosen by a couple or the court, depending on the situation. Jeff Johnson, founder of Johnson Mediation is an experienced parenting consultant who can help you navigate this time of transition for your family.
Resolving Difficult Parenting Issues
Even if you have decided to get a divorce and seem to disagree with your soon to be ex-spouse on almost everything, you may still agree on the idea that your children are very important to you both. Divorce can be emotionally difficult for your kids and navigating the issues about how to divide your time with them can be contentious. You will no longer be co-parenting under the same roof, so it will be extremely important to understand and develop strategies for co-parenting separately. This can be a difficult transition for all members of your family–and a parenting consultant can help facilitate this. A parenting consultant will help you make parenting decisions while always keeping the best interests of your children in the front of your mind. If you are unable to reach an important decision, a parenting consultant does have the authority to make decisions that are in the best interest of your kids.
The Parenting Consulting Process
When you decide to use a parenting consultant, you will enter into a contract agreement that will allow you to mediate the dispute first. If the mediation process does not work, then the Parenting Consultant will make the decision. If one/both parties disagree, this decision can be overturned in court, but the goal is to keep the process out of the courts. The process can be fairly flexible, and you can meet with the Parenting Consultant alone or with your former spouse and with or without children, depending on what works best for you. Johnson Mediation encourages an initial meeting that outlines the process and gives you the opportunity to answer any questions that you may have. For more information about the Parenting Consulting process, call us at 952-401-7599 to speak with Jeff Johnson or a member of the Johnson Mediation team.