Parent Coordinators in New Jersey are nothing new and have been an arrow in the quiver of judges for years to address high conflict divorce cases. I have blogged about the use of parent coordinators and the use of other professionals to assist with custody and parenting issues in high conflict divorces before and they prove a use way to avoid litigation for issues that either require an immediate resolution and/or for issues that require some other way to address the complexities. I recently had a parent coordinate involved overseeing things in a case where there were some serious mental health issues as to one of the parents, as well as medical issues related to a child. The parent coordinator was able to gather and distill information and make recommendations.
Parent coordination is not a panacea and not a replacement for a judge. Judges cannot abdicate their judicial decision making duty nor can they send enforcement issues to a PC. In fact, that was something that the Appellate Division reiterated in my case of Parish v. Parish which was a reported decision (which we previously blogged about.)
In any event, Mark’s blog gives us another perspective of the types of issues you might want to use a PC for and some of the upsides and downsides of doing so.