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

A parent coordinator (PC) is a person who is appointed by the court to assist parents in split families in resolving parenting issues through confidential procedures. In order for a court to appoint a PC, the court must hold a hearing to determine whether the case is a high-conflict case and/or whether the appointment of a PC is supported by good cause and the best interest of the child. (Texas Family Code sec 153.605) In addition a PC cannot be called to testify in court. A PC may submit a report to the court and parties as requested by the court. This report is limited to a simple statement as to whether the PC thinks parent coordination should continue. (Texas Family Code sec 153.608.)

A parent facilitator (PF) is a person who is appointed by the court to assist parents in split families in resolving parenting issues using procedures that are not confidential. (Texas Family Code sec. 153.601(3), (3-a).) A PF can be called to testify in court. A PF must submit a report to the court and parties as requested by the court. (Texas Family Code 153.6081.) The PF may make recommendations to the court and parties to implement or clarify provisions of the existing court order that are in the best interest of the child. However, the recommendations may not address conservatorship, support, or possession modifications. (Texas Family Code 153.082.)
The law requires a PF to keep detailed records regarding meetings and contacts with the parents, attorneys, or other persons involved in the suit. Those records must be made available to the attorneys if requested.

Duties of a PC or PF

  • identifying disputed issues
  • reducing misunderstandings
  • clarifying priorities
  • exploring possibilities for problem solving
  • developing methods of collaboration in parenting
  • understanding parenting plans and reaching agreements about parenting issues to be included in a parenting plan
  • complying with the court’s order regarding conservatorship or possession of and access to the child
  • implementing parenting plans
  • obtaining training regarding problem solving, conflict management, and parenting skills
  • settling disputes regarding parenting issues and reaching a proposed joint resolution or statement of intent regarding those disputes.

Important Note

A PC or PF cannot permanently modify custody or possession orders.
Meetings with the PC or PF are informal and do not have to follow any set procedures.

Payment

Typically a PC or PF is paid by both parties in an equal allocation and a retainer is given to the PC or PF to workonthe case.

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Austin, TX 78746

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