Parent Coordinator Lawyer in Jersey City
Implementing Court Ordered Parenting Plans
Sometimes, even after custody and parenting issues are decided by the court and a parenting plan is in place, conflict continues to exist and parents find it difficult to communicate and coordinate parenting efforts. In some situations, the court may decide that a parent coordinator is in the best interest of the child and family.
If you need the advice of a Jersey City parent coordinator attorney, call D'Alessandro & Cieckiewicz, P.C. at (201) 561-8441.
The Role of a Parent Coordinator
The purpose of a parent coordinator is to provide aid in monitoring the parenting plan in order to reduce misunderstandings, improve methods of communication, promote collaboration, and find opportunities for compromise when disagreements arise. The parent coordinator is not authorized to make modifications to the existing parenting plan, but only to help in implementing and monitoring the existing plan.
When the Court May Appoint a Parent Coordinator
The New Jersey Supreme Court implemented a pilot program in several counties for the use of parent coordinators. Although that program ended in 2012, the court may still appoint a parent coordinator when it is deemed necessary. Generally, a coordinator is appointed when there are minor children and a parenting plan has been established, but parents cannot resolve issues on their own.
The court may appoint a parent coordinator when:
- There is serious conflict between the parents
- The family has a history of domestic violence, anger, or abuse
- The parents continually have difficulty communicating and cooperating
- The child has special needs
- There has been an excess of litigation concerning custody and parenting issues
- Concerns exist about substance abuse or mental health of a parent
- The court finds a compelling reason that a parent coordinator is in the child’s best interests
The existence of a parent coordinator does not mean there won’t be future litigation regarding custody and parenting issues. However, the goal is to help limit litigation and promote collaboration and communication between the parents. If you have questions or need legal advice, contact a Jersey City parent coordinator lawyer from our firm for assistance.
To learn how a court appointed coordinator can help you resolve parenting conflicts, give our firm a call at (201) 561-8441.