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A Parenting Consultant is an individual agreed upon by the parties and court ordered to work with divorcing parents. The process includes attempts to facilitate agreement, coaching and deciding. PC decisions are binding on the parties.
Provisions of the forms below may be changed. However, changes to the essential characteristics of parenting consulting are discouraged. Any use or reliance on the forms is at your own risk; you should consult an attorney in your jurisdiction for legal advice.
AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Coordination
Parenting Time Expeditor
A Parenting Time Expeditor is an individual appointed pursuant to Minnesota Statute 518.1751 to assist parents with parenting time disputes and uses a mediation-arbitration process to resolve disputes raised by the parties. The process is confidential, as defined by the statute.
Child Inclusive Mediation
Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM) is a mediation process in which a Child Consultant pairs with a Mediator. The role of Child Consultant is to understand the children from the perspective of the parents AND the children, to identify their unique divorce stressors, and to provide guidance to parents in addressing stressors.
Child Custody Evaluation
A Child Custody Study or Evaluation is a process where a qualified professional assesses the best interests of a child or children and makes recommendations to the court as to parenting arrangements that best meet the children’s needs. The court then determines the legal and physical custody of the child or children. Mediation Center and members of the Collaborative recognize the need for standardization in the Child Custody Evaluation process and are working towards the development of “best practices” guidelines for Child Custody Evaluators and Child Custody Evaluation Training.
AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation