Understanding the Role of a Parent Coordinator

In high-conflict divorce or post-divorce cases involving children, New Jersey Courts have introduced a valuable resource known as Parenting Coordinators (“PC”). These professionals play a crucial role in assisting families as they navigate the complexities of co-parenting during and after divorce.  

Over time, the role of a PC has evolved, and recent changes in court rules have provided further clarity on their appointment in custody and divorce cases. These rules specify when PCs are appointed or voluntarily agreed upon and outline their responsibilities, as well as the mechanisms governing their actions. Additionally, the guidelines address the qualifications and training required for court-appointed PCs.

A PC is a neutral third-party, facilitating the resolution of co-parenting issues between the parties involved. Their primary objective is to assist parents in engaging in productive discussions and finding reasonable solutions to disagreements regarding parenting time and other child-related matters. Notably, a PC also has authority to assist in implementing and enforcing existing court orders, which ensures that both parents adhere to the agreed-upon terms and fulfill their responsibilities towards their children.

PCs can be a valuable resource for families navigating co-parenting challenges during and after divorce, and their role cannot be overstated. Their presence can significantly reduce the stress and conflict associated with divorce, ultimately benefiting the children who often find themselves caught in the middle of such situations.

If you are currently going through a divorce and believe that a Parenting Coordinator could be of assistance to you, we encourage you to contact the qualified family law attorneys at Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf, LLP who can provide you with the guidance and support needed to navigate this challenging process effectively.