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Dispute Resolution in Custody Battles

Jennifer Shuber would like to thank Linda Chodos for her assistance in the preparation of these materials, including the careful review of early drafts and the inclusion of commentary on parenting coordination.

Clients who seek parenting co-ordination are often considered higher conflict cases, she says. Many people can work out details such as how to split time over Christmas without the help of a professional. Others can work independently with their exes following a bit of coaching. But there are cases where intervention and the assistance of a parenting coordinator will be necessary for years to come.

Teaching clients how to filter the negative, emotional and at times hysterical comments is just one of the elements Shuber uses while providing parenting co-ordination as it pertains to dispute resolution.

“A large percentage of high-conflict cases are that way because the individuals don’t have the skills,” Shuber says. They don’t know how to be anything else. The shared history for them is too overwhelming. They are still completely enmeshed, and so it’s a learning process for a number of families.”

Dispute Resolution Mechanisms In Custody and Access for Ontario Bar Association Program: Family Law and the Child April 23, 2008 by Jennifer Samara Shuber and Linda Chodos.


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