The Seven Golden Rules of Effective Parenting Coordination

Helping highly adversarial couples negotiate child-related issues

, New Jersey Law Journal


High-conflict families that litigate often, many times over frivolous things, occupy a disproportionate amount of court time and resources. Courts and judges have begun to gradually delegate limited authority over these parties' parenting plans to specially trained parenting coordinators. Here are some important rules for such coordinators, or for anyone dealing with emotionally charged, highly adversarial family situations.

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  • Gruntled Parent

    Parenting coordinators are just one more obstacle to be put in the path of divorced or never married parents' trying to care for and nurture of their own children.

    Why should these people, already financially devastated by their family court experience, be forced to pay hundreds of dollars per hour to some outsider to referee their disputes when the judge is supposed to do it for free (or for a $30 filing fee)? This is just one more way the divorce industry has devised to transfer family assets to the courthouse hangers on and leaches. Family money that could have been used to educate their children will instead be used to educate parenting coordinators' children.

    If the judges are unable or unwilling to do the job the taxpayers are paying them to do, or don't like the consequences of the situations they themselves create, they should just step aside and let someone else do it. Keep strangers out of family business.

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