Nissa M. Ricafort answers:
A parenting coordinator is appointed by the Court to assist parents in implementing and following a custody order. The main goal of a parenting coordinator is to facilitate effective communication between the parents. In assisting with communication between the parents, usually a parenting coordinator can help prevent conflict and can help to quickly resolve conflict between the parents outside of court. Most often parenting coordinators work with the parents to help outline a parenting calendar that reflects the terms of the Court’s order.
Additionally, a parenting coordinator may help the parents make decisions about their child’s extracurricular activities, or about their child’s education or medical care. In working with a parenting coordinator, parents are able to minimize both financial and emotional expense as most disputes can be effectively resolved by the parenting coordinator outside of the courtroom. This allows the family to move forward as opposed to being stuck in constant post-divorce litigation.
Nissa M. Ricafort is one of the three founding partners of Broyles Kight & Ricafort, P.C. As an experienced Indianapolis family law attorney, Nissa has assisted families through difficult transitions, including high-conflict custody proceedings, international custody disputes, complicated marital estate divisions, child support disputes, and paternity matters. View their firm’s Divorce Magazine online profile.