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tion is held not only by parenting coordinators but by attorneys and judges
A 2009 study by Henry, Fieldstone and Bohac,12 also outlined in the article,
concluded that parenting coordination is effective in reducing the number
of motions before the court filed by high-conflict families. The study
compared two periods (2005–2006 and 2006–2007) of court filings. In summarizing
this study, the authors write:
The findings indicate a reduction of approximately 75% in child-related
court filings and a 40% reduction with regard to other motions, resulting
in a 50% reduction in all motions filed. Over 60% of the co-parenting
pairs filed fewer motions within the first year of receiving parenting coordination
services. Furthermore, the results indicate that parenting
coordination is most effective in decreasing motions filed in cases with 2
to 6 years of prolonged litigation.
There is little doubt that over time the savings in court time and costs,
the easy access to a parenting coordinator, prompt resolution of disputes
and use of a decision maker who knows the family will prove to be a worthwhile
package of benefits for separating families. The onus is on us as
lawyers, mental health professionals and parenting coordinators to get that
1. R Craig Neville, “Ten Parenting Coordination Ideas
You May Find Helpful” from the course “Psychology
of Relationship Breakdown” (Vancouver, BC: Continuing
Legal Education Society of British Columbia,
May 2012) at 6.1.3.
2. Allan E Barsky, “Parenting Coordination: The Risks of
a Hybrid Conflict Resolution Process” (2011) 27:1
Negotiation Journal 7 at 7.
3. BC Reg 347/2012, s 6(4)(b) Regulation.
4. SBC 2011, c 25 FLA.
5. Ibid, s 19(1).
6. Law Society of British Columbia, “Family Law Alternate
Dispute Resolution Accreditation”, online:
7. Regulation, supra note 3, s 6(b)(ii).
8. From the course “Family Law Act: Gearing Up Your
Practice” (September 2012).
9. Robin M Deutsch, Garbiela Misca & Chioma Ajoku,
“Critical Review of Research Evidence of Parenting
Coordination’s Effectiveness” (2018) 56:1 Family
Court Review 119.
10. Ibid at 129.
11. Ibid at 130.
12. Wilma J Henry, Linda Fieldstone & Kelly Bohac,
“Parenting Coordination and Court Relitigation: A
Case Study” (2009) 47:4 Family Court Review 682.