Do I need a Parenting Coach or Custody Attorney?


Do I need a Parenting Coach or Custody Attorney?

The decision between a parenting coach and an attorney hinges on the individual needs and challenges a parent encounters in navigating co-parenting post-separation. Attorneys are pivotal for managing legal aspects and ensuring custody agreements adhere to the law, whereas parenting coaches bring forth a unique set of advantages that may be more suitable in specific circumstances.

Below explains why and when a Parenting Coach can be a better fit than retaining a Custody Attorney.

Emotional Support and Coping Strategies:

A parenting coach focuses on the emotional well-being of the parents and children, providing a supportive and non-judgmental space to navigate the complexities of co-parenting. They offer coping strategies and emotional support, helping parents deal with the stress, guilt, and grief associated with divorce or separation. If emotional support is a primary concern, a parenting coach may be more suitable than an attorney.

Communication and Conflict Resolution:

Parenting coaches specialize in improving communication between separated parents and equipping them with conflict resolution skills. If the primary challenges lie in fostering a positive co-parenting relationship and resolving conflicts amicably, a parenting coach can be instrumental in creating a healthier and more cooperative environment for the benefit of the children.

Child-Centered Approach:

Parenting coaches work towards creating child-centered parenting plans that prioritize the well-being and best interests of the children. If a parent's focus is on developing a comprehensive and child-centric co-parenting plan rather than solely navigating the legal intricacies, a parenting coach may be a preferable choice.

Educational Guidance:

While attorneys provide legal advice, parenting coaches can offer educational guidance about the legal aspects of co-parenting. They help parents understand the implications of court orders, custody agreements, and family law basics. This can empower parents to make informed decisions within the legal framework, complementing the legal advice provided by attorneys.

Long-Term Relationship Building:

Parenting coaches often work with parents over an extended period, fostering a continuous relationship. This allows for ongoing support and guidance as the co-parenting dynamic evolves. If a parent seeks long-term assistance in building and maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship, a parenting coach may be a valuable resource.

Cost Considerations:

In some cases, utilizing a parenting coach may be more cost-effective than relying solely on legal representation. While attorneys handle legal proceedings and court matters, a parenting coach focuses on day-to-day challenges, potentially reducing the need for frequent legal consultations. We offer fee packages to all of our joint coaching clients. Individual coaching clients may have a flat fee package or an hourly rate based upon the goals of the client.

In conclusion, the decision to use a parenting coach instead of or in conjunction with an attorney depends on the specific needs and priorities of the parents involved. While attorneys address legal matters, parenting coaches offer a holistic approach by providing emotional support, communication skills, and child-centered strategies to facilitate a successful co-parenting journey.

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