Parenting Consulting

What is parenting consulting?

Unlike a parenting time expeditor, which is a neutral whose services are limited by Minnesota statute, a parenting consultant is essentially a neutral party whose role is as limited or as broad as you define it to be. Usually a parenting consultant’s role is to help resolve parenting disputes that aren’t defined well by the divorce or custody decree. In addition, as children age or parties’ situations change, a parenting consultant can help navigate those changing scenarios without requiring the parties to return to court. A parenting consultant is hired by both parties to make decisions on various child related issues.

What is the benefit of having a parenting consultant?

Very often, parties who are divorcing have problems communicating with one another effectively. Unfortunately, if you have children, you will be required to communicate with one another on the business of raising children often. Many issues will invariably come up in the time between getting divorced and the emancipation of your children. If you have a high conflict relationship with your ex-spouse without the tools to communicate effectively with one another, you may find yourself back in court more often than you would like. Having a parenting consultant has many benefits. First, your parenting consultant will be able to get to know you and your family on a much more detailed basis than a judge. In fact, as judges rotate in and out of family court, you may find yourself telling your story to a brand new judge each time you are back in court. A judge can’t possibly understand all the details of your situation as well as a parenting consultant. Second, if you litigated your divorce in court, you are familiar with the costs of going to court. Returning to court after a high conflict divorce is not going to be any less expensive. The costs of having a parenting consultant resolve ongoing disputes is going to be less expensive overall.

How much do you charge for parenting consulting services?

A parenting consultant is paid by the hour and at the beginning of their relationship with two parties, each party pays a retainer. For the fees for our parenting consulting services, see Costs.

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