C0-parenting counseling is recommended when the inability of parents to communicate effectively and respectfully with each other on behalf of the child(ren) becomes a threat to the healthy development of the child(ren). It is often a component of Reunification Therapy (see menu) but can also be administered alone when the child is not displaying significant rejection of either parent. The co-parenting counselor does not make recommendations to the court or court-appointed officials about parenting time or custody, as that would constitute a “dual-role” of the therapist.
Before beginning Co-Parenting Counseling, I require the co-parents to carefully read and sign a contract that specifies the underlying assumptions, parenting and communication skills to be developed, and expectations for behavior during co-parenting sessions. The link to the contract is below.