Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated court-appointed parenting coordination, a process for resolving challenging custody issues during a divorce or custody litigation. Here’s what you need to know about the new Pennsylvania Parenting Coordinator rules.
The court determines whether a parenting coordinator is needed. Generally, coordinators are used for cases “involving repeated or intractable conflict.” Parenting coordinators are trained professionals licensed to practice either as a lawyer or mental health professional in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and must complete training in family mediation, domestic violence and parenting coordination.
The job of a parenting coordinator in Bucks County or Montgomery County is to facilitate agreement between the parties. In the process, they may address issues such as transitions between households, variations in the custodial schedule for a special occasion, participation in extracurricular activities and childcare arrangements, among others. There are issues excluded from the parenting coordinator’s scope of authority. These include changes in legal custody, residence and major decisions about the health, education, religion or welfare of the children.
If unable to reach an agreement about the issues in question, the parenting coordinator recommends a resolution to the court. Either party may file a petition if they object to the recommendation.
Lynelle A. Gleason of Williams Family Law is identified as an approved parent coordinator on the Bucks County Parenting Coordinator roster. If you have questions about parenting coordination, custody issues or divorce in Pennsylvania, we are here to help. Call us at 215-340-2207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.