A parenting schedule must always outline and be dictated by what's best for the child/children. A parenting schedule is found within a Parenting Agreement, or Separation Agreement, or Court Order.
Amid a divorce, the couple endured a custody battle over their daughter, Everly. According to legal documents TMZ has recovered, the parents will be sharing joint custody over their 6-year-old daughter. Jenna gets time with Everly Monday through Wednesday, and Channing has her Wednesday through Friday. Weekends will be alternated.
Joint Custody in Ontario
In Ontario, the meaning of joint custody is where all important decisions about the child/children will be made together. Some examples of these decisions include; education, religion, and health-related decisions. Legally, both parents have an equal say.
In this case, Channing and Jenna have equal parenting time of Everly, based on the parenting schedule they agreed to. Due to unpredictable work schedules, to meet the best interests of the child, and to minimize conflict, the ex-couple has agreed to use a Parenting Coordinator.
What Is a Parenting Coordinator?
A Parenting Coordinator improves and paves the path for long term communication. They can assist with negotiating changes to a parenting schedule to accommodate the unpredictability of the parents’ work schedules.
In Ontario, a Parenting Coordinator is a neutral third party who can assist when disputes arise concerning the children. For Channing and Jenna, a Parenting Coordinator can be essential, since they can help make small adjustments with the parenting plan, should it be required. The Parenting Coordinator’s role is to minimize the amount of parental conflict by developing communication methods and mediating disputes as they arise.
Before taking on a new ex-couple, Parenting Coordinators are required to screen for signs of domestic violence or an imbalance of power. They receive proper training to conduct said screenings. The cost of a Parenting Coordinator’s services is usually split between both parties, unless the case involves unusual circumstances.
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