As a former supervisor and social worker for King County Superior Court’s Family Court Services and an experienced Guardian-ad-Litem, mediator, and parenting evaluator, I have been providing a spectrum of family law-related services for children, parents and families since 1990. I have over 25 years experience working with high conflict divorced or separated parents as well as parents and third-party caretakers pursuing adoption. I also have an extensive background in child abuse, neglect, incapacitated adults, and children with special health care needs.
In addition to adoption, my current family court services include:
Case Management and Parenting Coordination
Parenting coordination and case management are child-focused alternative dispute resolution processes in which a mental health or legal professional with family law mediation training and experience assists high conflict parents as they implement the parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children’s needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, making decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract. The exact nature of a case manager or parenting coordinator’s role or duties may vary from case to case
When parents separate and/or file for divorce they must establish a parenting plan for their child’s residential schedule, their decision-making authority and dispute resolution. Many parents use mediation or get assistance from their attorney in working out plans for the children. The parenting agreement is then submitted to the court for approval.
When parents are unable to resolve parenting plan disputes, a trial is scheduled at which a judge will decide the issues. Prior to the trial, the judge may require the family to participate in a parenting evaluation. A parenting evaluation provides information about the family to help the parents and the judge reach a decision that will be in the best interests of the children. Parenting evaluations may also be used in post-decree cases, when parenting disputes arise after the initial parenting plan has been entered.
Therapeutic supervision is offered to parents in a variety of circumstances and is typically court-ordered or agreed to by both parties. In addition to keeping a child emotionally and physically “safe”, as a therapeutic supervisor I work to increase a parent’s understanding of child development while they build upon their parenting strategies and skills. It can facilitate healthy parent-child communication, reduce feelings of alienation between a parent and child, promote attachment and bonding, and it can provide emotional and practical support when a parent and child have had little or no contact in recent years (due to lack of attachment, alienation, or parental absence). At all times the safety, best interest, and emotional welfare of the child is of paramount concern . Parents will be offered feedback, information and suggestions on how they may be able to further build on their parenting strengths.
Family court-related services may require an a advanced deposit to reserve a block of time for you and your family. Fees are not covered by health insurance.