Do I need a Parenting Coordinator?
Should I Use a Parenting Coordinator?
Parenting coordinators are case specific. The first thing I would tell you is to consider what the parenting coordinator actually does, which is they deal with parenting time issues. I typically will describe client’s co-parenting issues because they’re not going to deal with non-payment of child support, they’re not going to deal with financial issues. They’re only going to be dealing with parenting time issues. So if that is problematic for you, then yes, a parenting coordinator can be a good resource. The best thing about a parenting coordinator is that you can expedite resolution of issues. Anyone that’s gone through a divorce knows that getting the court to respond can sometimes take months and if you’re dealing with, for example, a holiday time issue, you don’t have months because by the time you get to court, the holiday is gone and the issue is moot. Now you may be able to apply it in the future, but it’s not going to help you for this holiday, so that’s the primary goal and function of a parenting coordinator. They are also very useful for helping the parties communicate and do exchanges so that you can reduce the tension and hopefully create better co-parents going forward.
About the author: Jason B. Castle is a Partner at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk. He is the President of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, member of the State Bar of Arizona, and a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, where he chaired the Family Law Section and Legislative Committee. He has expertise in child custody and Decision Making Authority. More recently he was named a Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star.