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Legal Statutes: Texas

UPDATED July 20, 2016

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Subchapter K. Parenting Plan and Parenting Coordinator

back to top§ 153.610. Qualifications of Parenting Coordinator

(a) The court shall determine the required qualifications of a parenting coordinator, provided that a parenting coordinator must have experience working in a field relating to families, have practical experience with high-conflict cases or litigation between parents, and :

(1) hold at least:

(A) a bachelor's degree in counseling, education, family studies, psychology, or social work ; or

(B) a graduate degree in a mental health profession, with an emphasis in family and children's issues; or

(2) be licensed in good standing as an attorney in this state.

(b) In addition to the qualifications prescribed by Subsection (a), a parenting coordinator must complete at least:

(1) eight hours of family violence dynamics training provided by a family violence service provider;

(2) 40 classroom hours of training in dispute resolution techniques in a course conducted by an alternative dispute resolution system or other dispute resolution organization approved by the court; and

(3) 24 classroom hours of training in the fields of family dynamics, child development, family law and the law governing parenting coordination, and parenting coordination styles and procedures.

(c) In appropriate circumstances, a court may, with the agreement of the parties, appoint a person as parenting coordinator who does not satisfy the requirements of Subsection (a) or Subsection (b)(2) or (3) if the court finds that the person has sufficient legal or other professional training or experience in dispute resolution processes to serve in that capacity.

(d) The actions of a parenting coordinator who is not an attorney do not constitute the practice of law.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 482, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2005. Amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., ch. 1113, § 23, eff. Sept. 1, 2009.