When parents experience continued difficulty in communicating about their children and making effective decisions, a parenting coordinator can be appointed by the court to help them.
Our attorneys have considerable experience in listening to disputes and mediating and negotiating effective settlement agreements between parents. This reduces the conflict for the children and their parents. It facilitates quicker decision-making for the children. Using a parenting coordinator can be quicker, less expensive and private. Over time, parents may learn more effective techniques for communicating with each other about children’s issues.
A court order specifies the powers of the parenting coordinator. This keeps parents out of court and 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 petition and wait for a hearing date.