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De Novo Review of a Parent Coordinator’s Recommendation – What a Novel Idea

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Aaron Weems is an attorney in our Blue Bell (Montgomery County), Pennsylvania office and editor of the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law Blog wrote an excellent post entitled "Trial Court Must Conduct De Novo Hearings on Parent Coordination Appeals."  As Aaron notes:  A de novo review means that the Court is taking a completely fresh look at the… Continue Reading

Parenting Coordinator Pilot Program Ends – Katy Bar The Door

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Yesterday, Judge Grant, the Acting Administrative Director of the Courts, announced that effective November 26, 2012, the Parenting Coordinator Pilot Program would be ending. The notice further provides that judges may still appoint parenting coordinators (PCs) and even provides model, but not mandatory, Orders for the their appointment.  To those who oppose the use parenting coordinators,… Continue Reading

Finally an Answer to the Question about whether the Supreme Court Guidelines Apply to Parent Coordinators appointed in Counties Outside of the Pilot Program

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

An issue that has vexed us in the past is whether the rules enacted by the Supreme Court regarding parent coordinators were to be applied to all parent coordinators appointed by the Court.  In 2006, the New Jersey Supreme Court implemented a pilot program in four vicinages (Bergen, Morris/Sussex, Union and Middlesex) for parenting coordinators. … Continue Reading

Sanctions Actually Granted for Interference with Parenting Time

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

One of the hardest questions to answer for a client is why a Court doesn’t enforce their own Orders.  The next hardest questions to answer are if they found the other side in violation of litigant’s rights, (1) why weren’t there any real consequences for the violation of the order and (2) why didn’t I get… Continue Reading

NEW APPELLATE DIVISION DECISION REGARDING PARENTING COORDINATOR GRIEVANCES AND FEES

Posted in Counsel Fee Awards, Custody, Mediation/Arbitration, Visitation/Parenting Time

Following on the heels of Eric Solotoff’s recent blog entry addressing the use of parenting coordinators, a new published (precedential) decision from the Appellate Division talks about grievances against parenting coordinators, parenting coordinator fees, and the need for a plenary hearing to address such issues.  In Segal v. Lynch, the Appellate Division addressed these issues in… Continue Reading

Parent Coordination from a Pennsylvania Lawyer’s Perspective

Posted in Custody, Visitation/Parenting Time

Mark Ashton, a partner in our Exton, Pennsylvania office, and a contributor the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law blog, wrote an interesting post on that blog entitled "Is Parent Coordination for You?" Parent Coordinators in New Jersey are nothing new and have been an arrow in the quiver of judges for years to address high conflict… Continue Reading

APPELLATE DIVISION CREATES NEW PROCEDURE LIMITING JUDGE’S ABILITY TO RESTRICT A LITIGANT’S ACCESS TO THE FAMILY COURT

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

On February 3, 2010, the Appellate Division issued a reported (precedential) opinion in the case of Parish v. Parish.  This case is near and dear to me because I represent Mr. Parish and we made new law.  In this post-judgment litigation we filed a motion seeking enforcement of the parties’ divorce agreement because the ex-wife interfered with… Continue Reading

FIGHTS OVER CUSTODY – THE SAD TRUTH

Posted in Custody

In my opinion, perhaps the saddest and often most heart wrenching part of a family law matter is a fight over children.  Custody disputes are so personal and important to each side that if the right people aren’t involved they can get downright nasty and last many years.  This is especially so when children are… Continue Reading

HIGH CONFLICT DIVORCES: PARENT COORDINATORS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS ENLISTED TO HELP WITH PARENTING TIME ISSUES

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Over the years, judges began to make numerous appointments to attempt to, if not rid the courts, at least create a buffer for parenting and visitation issues that arose daily/weekly/monthly in high conflict divorce and post-divorce matters.  Sometimes the professional was called a parent coordinator, other times it was a therapeutic monitor, a mediator, a… Continue Reading

READ JANE LESSNER’S EXCELLENT POST ENTITLED “WHAT TO TELL YOUR CUSTODY LAWYER.”

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

Jane Lessner, a partner in our Philadelphia office, wrote an excellent post entitled "What to Tell Your Custody Lawyer" on the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law  blog. To read the full text of Jane’s Blog entry, click here. EDITOR’S NOTE:  Previously I blogged on "How to Prepare for a Custody Evaluation."  To view that post, click here.  We also have… Continue Reading

Mediators Versus Parenting Coordinators: The Appellate Division Re-Affirms the Dividing Line

Posted in Custody, Practice Issues, Visitation/Parenting Time

The Appellate Division recently issued a reminder in Ort v. Ort, A-3535-06T1 (App. Div. June 17, 2008) that, unlike a parenting time coordinator, a custody and visitation mediator may only “assist the parties in resolving disputes as to major decisions regarding the children,” and “may not make any recommendation to the court respecting custody or… Continue Reading