What is Mediation and Parenting Coordination?
When parents need assisance over one or two sessions with decidin a set of focused issues, then the service is usually Mediation . Whem ongoing assistance is needed to improve co-parent commucication and cooperation, the the service is Parenting Coordination. Assistance is provided to help both parents and households create or successfully implement a Court-ordered Parenting Plan. Assistance is offered as a neutral third party in the areas of: child development and considerations, communication, cooperation, parenting plan advice and joint decision-making. Dr. Zieman seeks to reduce conflict, increase cooperation and trust, and prevent parents from returning to the Court over parenting issues.
When agreed to by the parents and appointed by the Court, Dr. Zieman works with parents to assure that the best interests of the child(ren) are served. Efforts are made to keep attorneys informed about the process of parenting assistance and to help them see the work between parents as a method to solve parenting problems outside of litigation. If there is an attorney appointed for the children (called a Guardian ad Litem), then close coordination is kept with him/her.
In some cases the parents and the Court agree that Dr. Zieman should arbitrate decisions if the parents cannot resolve conflicts through mediation and coordination. Dr. Zieman can arbitrate many co-parenting decisions, but can never arbitrate property or child/spousal support decisions or any decision which would change or violate a court-order.
The Process Of Services
Assistance is sometimes done around a single or defined set of topics. In such cases, meetings may be scheduled in one or more blocks of time. Sometimes, especially with older children, it is helpful or necessary for Dr. Zieman to briefly meet the children involved in order to understand how the decisions to be made will affect them.
In many cases assistance is expected to be an ongoing service which may continue regularly or sporadically over months or years. In such cases, the process in the beginning is more involved and well-defined. The process is usually:
Scheduled services are to be paid for at the time of the service. Typically the Court orders or the parties agree in advance how the parents are to divide the fees. Parent Assistance services are not covered by any medical insurance. Credit cards (MasterCard, Discover and Visa) are accepted.
The fee rates, subject to New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax, are:
10-20 min. consultations/service - $70
20-40 min. meetings/service - 5110
40-60 min. meetings/service - $210
60-90 min. meetings/service - $315
Written summary following joint meeting - $70
Monitoring parental e-mail exchanges - $105/month (reading ≤ 20 e-mails/month)
Monitoring reading e-mails beyond 20 per month - $15 each
E-mails sent/responded to - $20 each for e-mails ≤ 100 words &ersand; per hourly rates above for longer
All Information effective as of 1 October 2011.
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