A parenting coordinator can be a valuable resource for divorced parents and for parents who have never married. The parenting coordinator option seems unknown to most parents and is arguably vastly underused.
A parenting coordinator can be appointed as a result of parents= agreement to use a particular
Attorney or psychologist to fill this role. Or a party can ask the court to appoint a PC if the parties cannot agree. An allocation of responsibility to pay the PC is required, either by agreement or court order.
A PC meets with the parents to discuss parenting issues. A PC is not generally not used to make major changes such as allocation of parenting time. Examples of issues that might be appropriate to address with a PC are a joint legal decision-making issue regarding orthodontic treatment or disputed vacation arrangements.
Under recent changes in our laws, a PC has binding authority to make a decision and report that decision to the court.
Benefits may be substantial:
- Prompt resolution. A PC could resolve an issue promptly in a month or so, compared to more than 6 months to take a matter to court for a hearing.
- Less expensive. Using a PC to resolve issues is also usually less expensive than paying attorneys= to file an action with the court and attend court hearings.