A court order specifies the powers of the parenting coordinator. This avoids having the struggle between the parents continue in court, making the judge a “super parent.” Generally, the parents use the services of the parenting coordinator on an as-needed basis and share the cost. They have direct access to the parenting coordinator and can call to get a timely response to a problem rather than having to file a court petition and wait for a hearing date.
A parenting coordinator is often less expensive and more private than a long court battle. Over time, parents may learn more effective techniques for communicating with each other about children’s issues.