The Ohio Supreme Court defines parenting coordination as “a process where an impartial third person, appointed by the court in a family case, helps parties implement their parental rights and responsibilities or companionship time order by facilitating the resolution of disputes between parents and/or legal guardians.” (

It is important to note that parenting coordination is not mediation.  Parenting coordination is used in situations where parents are frequently finding themselves in costly (in time and money) litigation. Or in situations where mediation has not been successful.  A parenting coordinator helps to educate parents about what their child(ren) need, make recommendations, and when necessary, make decisions within the scope of the court order. The goal of a parenting coordinator is to coach and educate the parents so that they are eventually able to address issues independently without the continued need for a professional.