What are Mediation and Parenting Coordination?
When parents need assistance over one or two sessions with deciding a set of focused issues, then the service is Mediation. When ongoing assistance is needed to improve co-parent communication and cooperation, then the service is Parenting Coordination.
Assistance is provided to help both parents and households create or successfully implement a Court-ordered Parenting Plan. Guidance 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.
Mediation is done around a single or defined set of topics. Meetings are scheduled in one or more blocks of time. Sometimes, when there are older children, it is helpful or necessary for Dr. Zieman to briefly meet the children involved in order to understand how the needed decisions will affect them.
When assistance and guidance are expected to be an ongoing need and services may continue regularly or sporadically over months or years then Dr Zieman serves as a Parenting Coordinator. To start, the process in the beginning is well defined and involves:
Scheduled services are to be paid for in advance or at the time of the service. Typically the Court orders, or the parties agree in advance, how to divide the fees. Parent coordination or mediation 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:
< 20 min. consultations/service - $70
20-40 min. meetings/service - $115
40-59 min. meetings/service - $150
60-90 min. meetings/service - $220
Urgent Assistance Needs/Request
— needed within 7 days, 50% surcharge added to all fees
— needed within 48 hours, 100% surcharge added to all fees
— Surcharges may be allotted to one parent if, in Dr Zieman's judgement, one parent's actions or failure to act, led to the urgent service need.
All Information effective as of 15 May 2015.
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