The role of a parenting consultant in Minnesota is one of several alternative dispute resolution options for parents to utilize rather than going back to court. Parents must agree (stipulate) to have a parenting consultant who typically will work with them for two or more years to help resolve disagreements over matters such as parenting time, extracurricular activities, and, sometimes, school attendance as well as any other disagreements with which they seek the help of the parenting consultant. The role of PC is created by a state rule rather than a statute, with the scope of the parenting consultant being determined by Court Order. The scope may range from broad to narrow, according to parent wishes. A parenting consultant begins work with parents only after having received an appointment by Court Order and having a fee agreement with parents and retainers from each parent in place.
This service is useful for: Parents who want support in working to reach agreement while also seeking time-limited resolution through arbitration. It is most helpful if parents want to improve the way they work together while not extending periods of disagreement.