Parenting coordinators are commonly used following a divorce to assist parties with child-related issues in an effort to resolve disputes without having to go back to court. Effective January 1, 2016, the conditions for using a parenting coordinator changed. In order for a parenting coordinator to be appointed, BOTH parents must understand and agree to the following:
- The recommendations of a parenting coordinator are binding on the parties;
- The recommendations of a parenting coordinator cannot be overturned by the Court on objection (except in very limited circumstances);
- The amount of the parenting coordinator’s fees;
- The hourly rate charged;
- The percentage that each party is responsible for paying;
- The method of billing used by the parenting coordinator; and
- The parents must release any records/documents that are requested by the parenting coordinator.
If you already have a parenting coordinator appointed, the new terms must be agreed to by both parents in order for the parenting coordinator to be reappointed.
Kathleen Stillman is an Associate Attorney at Fromm Smith and Gadow PC. Ms. Stillman has been practicing Family Law in Arizona since 2013. Ms. Stillman represents clients in the following practice areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Child Custody (now referred to as Parenting Time and Legal Decision-Making), Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Paternity, Guardianship, Adoption and Grandparent Rights. To schedule a consultation with Ms. Stillman, please call 602-955-1515.
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