Parenting Time Expediting is a mediation-arbitration form of alternative dispute resolution as defined in Minnesota law. It allows parents to avoid going to court when they disagree about parenting time. Parents ask the Parenting Time Expeditor to help where there is disagreement about a court order, when life changes arise that were not considered in the court order, or when an order is vague and needs clarification.
New Horizons' Parenting Time Expeditor meets with both parents and can help the two communicate, clarify issues, and create solutions that work for them and their child(ren). Staff firmly believe that people have the ability to resolve their conflicts with support and assistance from a trained and experienced mediator.
In the event agreement cannot be reached, the Parenting Time Expeditor has authority to make decisions that are legally binding.
"The things that stressed children most, sometimes for many years, is lingering conflict between their parents." Constance Ahrons, We're Still Family. What Grown Children Have to Say About Their Parent's Divorce. New York: HarperCollins Publishers (2004) p. 80.
"The level and intensity of parental conflict is the most potent factor in children's post divorce adjustment." Carla B. Garrity and Mitchell A. Baris, Caught in the Middle. Protecting the Children of High-Conflict Divorce. New York: Lexington Books, (1994) p. 19.
"The most important aspects of family environment for children whose parents are divorcing is the level of parental fighting. In fact, parental fighting is actually a better forecaster of children's function after the divorce than the changes in the parents' marital status...and the children's subsequent separation from a parent." E. Mark Cummings and Patrick Davies, Children and Marital Conflict: The Impact of Family Dispute and Resolution. New York: The Guilford Press (1994)) p. 9.