John-Paul Boyd has provided parenting coordination services since 2007, and played a key role in establishing the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society, the first parenting coordinators organization in Canada. John-Paul has written and lectured about parenting coordination and provided training to parenting coordinators in Alberta and British Columbia.

John-Paul takes a child-centred approach to parenting coordination. His primary goal as an accredited parenting coordinator is to resolve disputes about parenting, and the interpretation and implementation of parenting orders and agreements, directly, quickly and efficiently. His other goals include helping parents: learn to communicate with each other more effectively; place the interests of the children ahead of their own; identify triggers that escalate conflict and prevent them from settling disagreements; and, learn to resolve parenting disputes on their own so that his services are no longer needed.

John-Paul uses a streamlined process and will avoid the lengthy review of text messages and email threads that often bog down and increase the cost of parenting coordination processes.

Download our parenting coordination agreement from the Participation Agreements page


John-Paul will interview the children when resolving certain parenting disputes. John-Paul may also, in consultation with the parties, arrange for an independent mental health professional to provide an assessment or opinion where necessary for the resolution of a parenting dispute.

reporting to the court

John-Paul will communicate with and provide reports to the court as may be required by the parents’ agreement or a court order.


Most of the time, communication in parenting coordinations conducted by John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers will be by email.

Meetings can be by teleconference or by videoconference. In-person meetings, when they are necessary, can be held anywhere in Alberta or British Columbia; we do not require clients to pay for John-Paul’s travel costs other than accommodation expenses when an overnight stay is necessary.


When a parenting dispute is resolved by agreement, John-Paul will prepare and send a memorandum of agreement to both parents summarizing the terms of the agreement that has been reached.

Where a parenting dispute is resolved by John-Paul’s decision, he will prepare and send a memorandum of award to both parents. The memorandum will summarize the dispute, John-Paul’s decision on the dispute and his reasons for making that decision.


John-Paul provides parenting coordination services for people who do not have lawyers.