Parenting Coordination in Illinois


We accept new parenting coordination clients at our Wheaton location based upon personal referral or referrals from family law attorneys, mediators, mental health providers, divorce professionals, and the court system. Learn more about our parenting coordination services below.

What is Parenting Coordination?

Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution service for parents who are unable to resolve parenting disputes on their own or through the judicial system. Retaining a parent coordinator significantly helps high-conflict parents remain out of court, develop workable parenting plans, and implement parenting responsibilities for improved co-parenting. Developing and implementing successful co-parenting plans and responsibilities greatly reduces stress and dysfunction for children and increases keeping both parents active in a child's life.

Read more about the guidelines for parenting coordination here. To schedule a free joint parenting coordination orientation call, read more below. 

What can I expect from a Parenting Coordinator?

Parents that work with our Wheaton based Divorce and Parenting Attorney, Erin Birt, receive the following services:

  • Educating parents on a child's stage of development and the effect on the child due to high conflict parenting, divorce, separation, and exposure to the divorce court system;
  • Teaching and using effective communication skills and parenting conflict resolution techniques;
  • Ensuring the safety of all family members by regularly screening for impairments to successful co-parenting;
  • Monitoring compliance with divorce or parenting court orders, visitation orders, custody orders, or other parenting time agreements;
  • Acting as a binding arbitrator  and decision maker per agreed orders or written consent of the parents;
  • Receiving up to date information due to our Parenting Coordinator's continuing education training and presenting on topics related to divorce, parenting, addictions, mental health issues, mediation, drafting parenting plans, and alternative dispute resolution;
  • Providing referrals within our vetted network of proactive divorce or parenting professionals such as a Divorce Coach, Divorce Financial Analyst, Family Mediator, Attorney, & Family Mental Health Professional.

Does the Parenting Coordinator Help Draft Documents?

Our Parenting Coordinator drafts and provides our parents with a monthly or annual parenting schedule analysis and calendar complete with color-coded labeling of each parent's scheduled parenting time and a statistical breakdown of each parent's scheduled parenting time.  Our Parenting Coordinator will also draft parenting plans, visitation orders, and custody agreements as well as modification orders of same to be used by the parents or attorneys for court entry to help manage litigation and court costs.

Contact us today to start a new beginning for your child. It is never too late to start implementing positive parenting and create a bright future for your child. Download our parenting coordinator flyer for additional information or to share with your co-parent.

How Do We Get Started?

If you are not located in Illinois and wish to have private services, both parents will need to agree and sign a private consent agreement.

In Illinois, if your case has been in court, a court order must be prepared and signed by the parties. We can provide a court order template if your attorneys or county does not have a standard Parenting Coordinator Court Order form. The parties or the attorneys need to then submit the order as an agreed order to the court for the judge's signature. Once our office receives a copy of the signed court order, we will provide you with the next steps to get started.

If your case is not in court, but has been in the past, you can still submit an agreed order to the court to memorialize your agreement to use a Parenting Coordinator.

If you have never been in court, please contact us to discuss similar alternative services and, at a minimum, a service contract will be required before we get started. Both parents will need to sign a private consent agreement.

Ready to Start Parenting Coordination Services?

If you are ready to start parenting coordination services, please use the button below to schedule a joint orientation call. 

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Due to the increased need for regular communication for parenting matters, our Parenting Coordinator regularly meets with parents in-person, remotely via the telephone, email, and Zoom. We know how busy parenting can be and therefore we try to save our parents time when possible by offering remote and virtual appointments.

Contact Us Today (630) 891-2478 or use the scheduling button above to get started. 


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Recent Case Results

  • Wife desired to have a doctorate in mental health services and relied heavily on her husband to care for their young children while she pursued her career goals. Our client reported that she lost focus on their relationship and likely started to date a fellow student. He did not want to make an issue of the new significant other but he had concerns about having a supportive co-parent and was stressed out about the financial burden of his wife's education, growing children, and increasing extracurricular expenses. Read On

  • Our client was in a very difficult marriage and she was wondering if divorce was the right choice for her and her children. She spent countless hours online trying to research what was best for her and her children. She quickly became overwhelmed with all of the options for parenting time and parenting schedules and tried to turn to family and friends for advice but they were always too busy or minimized her challenges. Read On

  • Our client was an executive at a local corporation and she balanced working full time and raising two children well. Her spouse, however, did not participate much in the rearing of their children and would often isolate himself in the basement rather than spend time with the children or family. The children were struggling with anxiety and issues at school and their father seemed to just check out. The father also worked but he appeared too busy or disinterested to care for the children. To stop the downward trend, our client hired our firm to proactively address the looming divorce. Read On

Our Services

We help clients successfully and peacefully start a new chapter in their lives.

We offer in-person and remote meetings with clients.  Now more than ever is the best time to have a divorce attorney to navigate court restrictions, reopenings, and backlog of cases. 

  Learn more about our plan to keep our clients safe and informed during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Us Today

Birt Law is committed to answering your questions about Family Law and Mediation issues. We'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C.
2100 Manchester Rd, #954
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-597-2231 (fax)