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October 01, 2014

Association for Conflict Resolution Approves New Court “Eldercaring Coordination” Guidelines for High Conflict Cases

(Note: The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 36, Issue 1.)


The Association for Conflict Resolution has unanimously approved guidelines for an “eldercaring coordination” process. The process targets adult guardianship and related cases in which high conflict family dynamics may interfere with the well being and safety of an older person and with adherence to court orders.

Since “parenting coordination” has been established as a viable dispute resolution option for high conflict cases involving parents and children in court actions, an ACR Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination used parenting coordination as a model to develop a similar dispute resolution process specific to the unique needs of elders.

The new ACR Guidelines for Eldercaring Coordination are posted on the ACR Elder Decision-Making Section website.

The Guidelines also are posted on the National Center for State Courts’ Elders and the Courts website.

The ACR Task force is now looking for possible court pilot project sites.
For more information, contact Task Force co-chairs Linda Fieldstone ([email protected]) and Sue Bronson ([email protected]). ■