The parenting coordination programme (PCP) is a family support programme that tries to address or resolve any disagreement about any parenting matter between spouses or former spouses.
A parenting matter refers to any matter relating to any of the following:
Under the PCP, a parenting coordinator may be appointed by the court:
If parties have a preference for and can agree on a specific parenting coordinator, they may nominate the person, subject to court's approval.
The nominated parenting coordinator must be a neutral party to the existing proceedings. This means they must not have acted as a lawyer for either party during the proceedings, have been appointed as a child representative in the case, or is conflicted in any way.
The court may make an order for the PCP in the following cases:
The court will make an order for the PCP if all the following conditions are met:
The order for PCP will state:
Depending on the nature of the case, the parenting coordinator resolves the disagreement parties have on specific parenting matters.
The court may also request the parenting coordinator to provide a report if the parties file an application relating to a parenting matter and the court sees a need for a report to determine the application.
This report is confidential and available only to the court. It will not be shared with either party or their lawyers (if any).
The court will inform the parenting coordinator if a report is required within 12 months from the conclusion of the PCP, and prescribe the areas to be addressed in the report.
A parenting coordinator cannot vary (change) court orders. If both parties can reach an agreement on the issues in dispute with the help of the parenting coordinator, either party can choose to prepare a draft consent order.
This can be done by filing the following documents via eLitigation:
Find out how to prepare an affidavit.
The fees for a court-appointed parenting coordinator ranges from $250 per hour to $400 per hour. The court will take into account the financial ability of each parent before determining the exact fee and the proportion each parent should bear.
If parties or the parenting coordinator wishes to terminate the PCP early, they will have to file a summons application together with a supporting affidavit stating the reasons for the early termination (good cause).
The party who filed the application will then have to serve the documents on all parties within 3 working days from the date of filing the application.
Legislation associated with this topic includes Order 34A to 34G of the Family Justice Rules.
Refer to Paragraph 8A of the Family Justice Courts Practice Directions for parenting coordinators.