The Difference Between a Parenting Coordinator
and a Parenting Coordinator with Decision Making Authority
Sometimes after parenting time orders in a Colorado family law case have been finalized, parents experience problems working together to implement the parenting plan in an effective manner. When these ongoing emotional problems between the parties occur, the court may find it necessary to appoint a third party. The role of this specialist is to work with both parents and help them too communicate, minimize conflict, develop healthy parenting skills, and successfully implement the terms of the court ordered parenting plan.
A parenting coordinator is a neutral third party appointed by the court, or by one or both parents, to assist in the resolution of disputes that arise between the parties concerning the allocation of their parental responsibilities. A parenting coordinator may only be appointed only after the court orders concerning parental responsibilities have been entered, and they may not be appointed for more than 2 years.
There are 3 ways that a parenting coordinator may be appointed:
1. The court can appoint the parenting coordinator
2. Both parties can agree to hire a parenting coordinator
3. Either party can file a motion to have a parenting coordinator appointed
When the parties do not agree, the court must consider three factors:
1. The parties have failed to implement the parenting plan;
2. The parties have attempted to mediate, and they were either unsuccessful, or, the court has determined that mediation is inappropriate
3. The appointment of a parenting coordinator is in the best interests of the child.
Parenting Coordinator with Decision Making Authority (PCDM)
Like a parenting coordinator, a PCDM is appointed only after the entry of an order concerning parental responsibilities, and the appointment is limited to a maximum of 2 years. But unlike the PC, the PCDM has the binding authority to issue orders, and to resolve disputes between the parties regarding the implementation and/or clarification of existing court orders.
After the PCDM has issued an order, either party may file a motion with the court to to question the decisions made by the PCDM. If the court upholds the decision entered by the PCDM, then the party who requested the hearing will be held responsible for all fees and costs associated with the motion.
Do You Need a Parenting Coordinator or a Parenting Coordinator Decision-Maker?
It is not unusual for some ongoing tension to exist when two people with children separate. But when the conflict becomes too difficult to manage, working with a parenting coordinator or decision-maker may be able to help the parties minimize conflict and help them to develop healthy parenting skills.
Let the Bercovitz Law Firm Guide You
For more information about the appointment of a parenting coordinator or a parenting coordinator/decision make, you can arrange a free and confidential consultation with Elissa Bercovitz at the Bercovitz Law Firm. We serve clients in Denver and throughout the State of Colorado.
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About Elissa Bercovitz
Elissa Bercovitz at the Bercovitz Law firm has a Colorado family law practice that is focused exclusively domestic relations matters. Elissa knows how to handle complex family law matters in the Denver Metro area and counties throughout the State of Colorado:
Elissa Bercovitz has experience with domestic relations matters related to the dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (parenting time, custody, and child support), maintenance (spousal support/ alimony), paternity, step-parent adoption, relocation cases, the division of assets and debt, LGBTQ family law matters, post-decree modifications, and guardianship. Elissa also handles mediation for family law cases.
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