What is a parent facilitator?

What is a parent facilitator?

Jun 24, 2024
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Co-parenting can be challenging, but it is often necessary in order to provide the best possible life for your children. There are often decisions to be made with the other parent, which can be challenging at times. If you are in a situation where you are co-parenting with a person you are unable to communicate with, possibly because there is too much hurt and anger between the two of you, a parent facilitator can help bridge the gap. 

A parent facilitator is an intermediary, a neutral third party, who is often appointed by the court in order to help co-parents work through parenting plans and custody agreements. Their purpose is to work with parents who are unable to make decisions together and to help them through this process in order to do what is best for the children. 

For more information about custody, parenting plans, and parent facilitators, never hesitate to consult a Fort Worth child custody attorney

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What Are The Qualifications Necessary To Be A Parent Facilitator?

The qualifications for becoming a parent facilitator are specific and require a combination of education and experience. In Texas, in order to become a parent facilitator, a person must have a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field and must also be a licensed professional. They are also required to undergo a series of conflict resolution, domestic violence, family dynamics, and other similar training sessions. 

What Does A Parent Facilitator Do?

The primary role of a parent facilitator is to help guide parents through decisions and conversations regarding their child. This is meant to help parents work through important decisions with reduced conflict, and also, this ideally helps parents avoid fighting in front of their children. 

What’s the Difference Between a Parent Coordinator and a Parent Facilitator?

The main difference between a parent coordinator and a parent facilitator is reporting and confidentiality. A parent coordinator is a specialist who is often hired by two co-parents who are unable to agree on decisions for their child and child-related arguments. Their purpose is to help reduce conflict and to help encourage communication between the two parents. A parent facilitator performs a similar role, but they are appointed by the court to help navigate more complex cases, and their interactions with the two parents are not confidential. They can be summoned to testify and provide reports back to the court. 

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Where Can I Find A Qualified, Experienced Parenting Facilitator In Northern Texas?

If you think that you and your child’s co-parent would benefit from working with a parent facilitator, your first step would be to reach out to your attorney to ask for recommendations. At MBH Fort Worth Family Law, our child custody lawyers have experience working with families who are in need of a parent facilitator. We can discuss your case and, if needed, make a connection with a parent facilitator. 

Does Parenting Facilitation Override Court Orders And Decisions?

Parenting facilitation testimony and reporting can help inform a court decision and will often impact a modification to a decision made by the court. That said, parenting facilitation provides information and cannot override a court order or a decision. The court will need to agree to and sign off on any changes to a court decision. Additionally, parent facilitators are prohibited from suggesting that either parent take action that is contrary to the court’s decisions. 

Should I Contact a Fort Worth Child Custody Attorney?

Attempting to make decisions for your child’s well-being with a co-parent who is challenging to communicate with can be difficult. At MBH Fort Worth Family Law, we have years of experience working with all different types of child custody situations. Call us today at 817-476-7964 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help. 

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Constance Mims who has over 15 years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization..

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