Marcie Shaoul is the founder of The Co-Parent Way and The Co-Parent Way: Essentials Course. She is a trained and certified coach, and she is known for her practical and effective approach to helping separating parents. In 2016 she brought co-parent coaching to the UK, setting up the UK’s first dedicated co-parent practice. The face-to-face coaching methodology she developed has been called ‘game-changing’ by judges, family lawyers and mediators and she is an international expert in the space.

She sits on Resolution’s Parenting after Parting Committee and is also a board member of the National Association of Separating Parenting Programmes, which is a charity whose mission is to develop an industry standard of courses for parents after separation. She speaks and leads trainings at Resolution conferences and delivers keynotes to chambers and law firms about co-parenting, it’s impact and how companies can best support their staff who are separating. She writes regularly for formal law journals, informal blog posts and divorce websites.

In 2022 she developed an on-demand version of The Co-Parent Way methodology. Called The Co-Parent Way: Essentials Course, this ten-module self-paced online course is aimed at reaching many more co-parents to give them the skills they need to communicate effectively with their other parent during and post separation, so they can keep their kids safe. Marcie recently won Innovation Champion in Family Law from Resolution. The Co-Parent Way: Essentials Course is currently a finalist in the Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards to be held in November 2023.

Prior to becoming a coach, Marcie led communications teams in the international civil service where she helped senior government officials and NGOs communicate effectively with each other to bring about global change. She was seconded into Buckingham Palace for a year, to work on communications for a project of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Marcie has also worked alongside Desmond Tutu, Sonia Ghandi, and Terry Waite.

Marcie is a co-parent herself. She separated in 2009 and divorced in 2010. Her son was 12 months old at the time and it is this life experience combined with her work experience and training that has led her to developing effective co-parenting tools. She believes that (where it’s safe to do so) every child of separation has a right to parents who can still be parents together.

Innovation in family law

Every year in the UK, around 280,000 children see their parents separate. How those separations happen will affect the rest of those children’s lives. The negative effects of poorly handled divorce and separation on children