How do I become a parenting coordinator in Indiana?

Currently Indiana does not have any training requirements for individuals who are providing parenting coordination services. Training does exist however, and there are numerous PCs serving central Indiana who have completed an additional 20-24 hours of training specific to the PC role.

How and when can a parenting coordinator be appointed?

A parenting coordinator is either appointed by court order (this can be with or without the consent of the parents), or is part of a parenting plan agreed between divorcing parents that has been made an order of the court.

What is considered an unfit parent in Indiana?

What exactly is an unfit parent? The legal definition of an unfit parent is when the parent through their conduct fails to provide proper guidance, care, or support. Also, if there is abuse, neglect, or substance abuse issues, that parent will be deemed unfit.

At what age can a child refuse to see a parent in Indiana?

14 years old
In Indiana, a child’s wishes regarding custody are not controlling until the child is at least 14 years old, to help minimize any undue influence from a parent. Nevertheless, the preference of a child younger than 14 won’t be discounted entirely.

How do you become a certified mediator in Indiana?

In domestic relations cases, a registered mediator must either be an attorney in good standing with the Supreme Court of Indiana, or hold a bachelor or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and must complete 40 hours of Commission-approved domestic relations mediation training.

What is the role of a parent coordinator?

A Parent Coordinator is not a therapist, counselor, or advocate for the parties. Rather, a Parent Coordinator helps facilitate communication and agreement on parenting or custody issues when possible. Also, the Parent Coordinator makes recommendations to the parties in writing when an agreement cannot be reached.

What is the primary purpose of parenting coordination?

The primary purpose of Parenting Coordinators is to reduce the negative effects that divorce and family separation can have on minor children and to protect and sustain safe, healthy and meaningful parent-child relationships, particularly insofar as high-conflict divorce or child-related matters are concerned.

Is Indiana a mom State?

Indiana is a state that favors both parents equally. In the best interest of the child, meaningful relationships with both parents is the standard. In the eyes of the law, a married mother and father in Indiana start out with joint legal custody. Meaning, both parents share equal rights to their children.

Can a child refuse to see a parent?

Children over the age of 16 have the legal authority to refuse visitation with a noncustodial parent unless stated otherwise by a court order.

Can a 13 year old choose not to see a parent?

Legally, Your Child Can Refuse Visitation at Age 18 When your child reaches 18, he or she is an adult. Adults can decide who they spend time with. Actually, the law allows children to have a say in who they want to live with beginning at age 12. But that is a separate issue from whether a child can halt parenting time.

Who can become a mediator?

Nationally Accredited Mediators generally include lawyers, managers, human resource personnel, industrial relations experts, healthcare practitioners, educators, counselors, coaches, conciliators and community engagement professionals.