Form 12.984(A) "Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator" - Florida

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No: ________________________
Division: ________________________
_________________________________,
Petitioner,
and
_________________________________,
Respondent.
ORDER OF REFERRAL TO PARENTING COORDINATOR
The Court considered the ( ) motion of the court, ( ) joint motion of the parties, ( ) motion of a
party, reviewed the court file, and considered the testimony presented. Based upon this information,
the court FINDS that:
A. Appropriateness of Process. This matter is appropriate for parenting coordination and it is in the
best interest of the child(ren).
B. Parenting Coordination Process. Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute
resolution process whereby a parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing
their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes, providing education and making
recommendations to the parents; and, with the prior consent of the parents and approval of the
court, making limited decisions within the scope of this order of referral.
C. Parenting Coordinator. A parenting coordinator is an impartial third person whose role is to assist
the parents in successfully creating or implementing a parenting plan.
D. Selection of Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator was selected by:
[Choose only one]
____ parties' agreement.
____ the court.
E. History of Domestic Violence. Based on testimony and evidence presented and a review of related
court records, the court has determined:
[Choose all that apply]
____ There is no history of domestic violence.
____ There has been a history of domestic violence, and:
1. ____ Each party has had an opportunity to consult with an attorney or domestic violence
advocate before this court has accepted the parties’ consent- and
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No: ________________________
Division: ________________________
_________________________________,
Petitioner,
and
_________________________________,
Respondent.
ORDER OF REFERRAL TO PARENTING COORDINATOR
The Court considered the ( ) motion of the court, ( ) joint motion of the parties, ( ) motion of a
party, reviewed the court file, and considered the testimony presented. Based upon this information,
the court FINDS that:
A. Appropriateness of Process. This matter is appropriate for parenting coordination and it is in the
best interest of the child(ren).
B. Parenting Coordination Process. Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute
resolution process whereby a parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing
their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes, providing education and making
recommendations to the parents; and, with the prior consent of the parents and approval of the
court, making limited decisions within the scope of this order of referral.
C. Parenting Coordinator. A parenting coordinator is an impartial third person whose role is to assist
the parents in successfully creating or implementing a parenting plan.
D. Selection of Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator was selected by:
[Choose only one]
____ parties' agreement.
____ the court.
E. History of Domestic Violence. Based on testimony and evidence presented and a review of related
court records, the court has determined:
[Choose all that apply]
____ There is no history of domestic violence.
____ There has been a history of domestic violence, and:
1. ____ Each party has had an opportunity to consult with an attorney or domestic violence
advocate before this court has accepted the parties’ consent- and
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)
2. ____ Each party has consented to this referral and the consent has been given freely and
voluntarily.
It is therefore, ORDERED:
1. Parenting Coordinator. The parties are referred to the following parenting coordinator for an
initial period of _______months:
Name:
___________________________________
Address:
__________________________________
__________________________________
Telephone: ________________________________
Fax Number: _______________________________
Email:
_____________________________________
a. The parenting coordinator shall file a response to this Order within 30 days either accepting
or declining the appointment. The response to the appointment must be in substantial
compliance with Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(b).
b. The parties or their attorneys must provide to the parenting coordinator copies of all
pleadings and orders related to domestic violence and any other pleadings and orders
requested by the parenting coordinator related to parenting
coordination.
2. Meetings. Unless prohibited herein as a domestic violence safeguard or by another court order,
the parenting coordinator may meet with the parties and/or child(ren) together or separately, in
person or by any electronic means.
3. Domestic Violence Safeguards. The parties shall adhere to all provisions of any injunction for
protection or conditions of bail, probation, or a sentence arising from criminal proceedings. In
addition to any safety measures the parenting coordinator deems necessary, the following
domestic violence safeguards must be implemented:
[Choose all that apply]
____ None are necessary.
____ No joint meetings
____ No direct negotiations
____ No direct communications
____ Other: ____________________________________________________________________
4. Role, Responsibility, and Authority of Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator shall
have the following role, responsibility, and authority:
a. Assisting the parents in creating and implementing a parenting plan.
b. Facilitating the resolution of disputes regarding the creation or implementation of the
Parenting Plan.
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)
c. Recommending to the parents strategies for creating or implementing the Parenting Plan.
Such recommendations may include that one or both parents avail themselves of accessible
and appropriate community resources, including, but not limited to, random drug screens,
parenting classes, and individual psychotherapy or family counseling, if there is a history or
evidence that such referrals are appropriate.
d. Recommending to the parents changes to the Parenting Plan.
e. Educating the parties to effectively:
i.
Parent in a manner that minimizes conflicts;
ii.
Communicate and negotiate with each other and their child(ren);
iii.
Develop and apply appropriate parenting skills;
iv.
Understand principles of child development and issues facing child(ren) when their
parents no longer live together;
v.
Disengage from the other parent when engagement leads to conflicts and non-
cooperation;
vi.
Identify the sources of their conflict with each other and work jointly to minimize
conflict and lessen its deleterious effects on the child(ren); and,
vii.
Allow the child(ren) to grow up free from the threat of being caught in the middle of
their parents’ disputes.
f. Reporting or communicating with the court concerning nonconfidential matters as provided
in paragraph 6 of this Order. In the event the parenting coordinator is unable to adequately
perform the duties in accordance with the court’s direction, the parenting coordinator shall
file a written request for a status conference and the court shall set a timely status hearing.
The request for status conference must be in substantial compliance with Florida Family Law
Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(d). A report to the court of an emergency pursuant to
section 61.125(8), Florida Statutes, must be in substantial compliance with Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(c).
g. Communicating with the parties and their child(ren), separately or together, in person or by
telephone, unless otherwise prohibited by court order or applicable law.
5. Fees and Costs for Parenting Coordination.
[Choose all that apply]
a. ____ The parties have consented to this referral to parenting coordination.
____ This order is without the consent of the parties, but the court has determined that the
parties have the financial ability to pay the parenting coordination fees and costs.
b. ____The court allocates payment of fees and costs for parenting coordination as follows:
Hourly rate of compensation shall not exceed $___________, unless the parties
otherwise agree.
____ % shall be paid by the Father.
____ % shall be paid by the Mother.
____ Other: _________________________________________________________________
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)
If a party causes the parenting coordinator to expend an unreasonable and unnecessary amount
of time, that party may be held solely responsible for payment of the parenting coordinator’s
fees and costs for such time expended, and the court reserves jurisdiction to reallocate the
payment of fees and costs in that event. Failure to pay the parenting coordinator’s fees and
costs in a timely manner may subject the party to sanctions for contempt of court.
6. Confidentiality. All communications made by, between, or among the parties and the parenting
coordinator during parenting coordination sessions are confidential. The parenting coordinator
and each party may not testify or offer evidence about communications made by a party or the
parenting coordinator during the parenting coordination sessions, except if:
a. Necessary to identify, authenticate, confirm, or deny a written agreement entered into by
the parties during parenting coordination.
b. The testimony or evidence is necessary to identify an issue for resolution by the court
without otherwise disclosing communications made by any party or the parenting
coordinator.
c. The testimony or evidence is limited to the subject of a party's compliance with this Order of
Referral to Parenting Coordinator, orders for psychological evaluation, counseling ordered
by the court or recommended by a health care provider, or for substance abuse testing or
treatment.
d. The parenting coordinator reports that the case is no longer appropriate for parenting
coordination.
e. The parenting coordinator reports that he or she is unable or unwilling to continue to serve
and that a successor parenting coordinator should be appointed.
f. The testimony or evidence is necessary pursuant to section 61.125(5)(b) or section
61.125(8), Florida Statutes.
g. The parenting coordinator is not qualified to address or resolve certain issues in the case
and a more qualified coordinator should be appointed.
h. The parties agree that the testimony or evidence be permitted.
i. The testimony or evidence is necessary to protect any person from future acts that would
constitute domestic violence under Chapter 741, Florida Statutes; child abuse, neglect, or
abandonment under Chapter 39, Florida Statutes; or abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an
elderly or disabled adult under Chapter 825, Florida Statutes.
7. Agreement on Nonconfidentiality. The parties can agree to waive confidentiality of a specific
communication or all communications. The waiver must be in writing, signed by the parties and
their respective counsel. The waiver shall be filed with the court and a copy served on the
parenting coordinator. Either party may revoke their waiver of confidentiality by providing
written notice signed by that party. The revocation shall be filed with the court and a copy
served on the other party and the parenting coordinator.
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)
8. Scheduling. Each party shall contact the parenting coordinator within 10 days of the date of this
Order to schedule the first appointment. The parenting coordinator shall determine the
schedule for subsequent appointments.
9. Stipulation. Any written stipulation of parties to utilize the parenting coordination process
filed with this court is incorporated into this Order.
ORDERED ON {date} __________________________.
________________________________
CIRCUIT JUDGE
Copies to:
_____Petitioner
_____Attorney for Petitioner
_____Respondent
_____Attorney for Respondent
_____Other:_________________________________
Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984(a), Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (07/14)