By Joan E. Champagne, White and Champagne
The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order on September 2, 2016, modifying the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines to include Section V, addressing parenting coordinators.
Effective January 1, 2017, every parenting coordinator must also be a registered domestic relations mediator, who has additional experience and training in parenting coordination.
Parenting coordination is a “court-ordered, child-focused dispute resolution process in which a parenting coordinator is appointed to assist high conflict parties by accessing and managing conflicts, redirecting the focus of the parties to the needs of the child, and educating the parties on how to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child.”
A parenting coordinator offers these “high conflict parties” an ongoing alternative to court intervention in the resolution of their domestic disputes. The parties and the parenting coordinator may submit an agreement to the court, requesting a modification a court order, or the parenting coordinator may file a written report to the court of parenting time recommendations for the judge’s consideration.
There is currently no registry for parenting coordinators, but a parenting coordinator may be appointed by a court, or the court may approve the agreement of the parties for a specific parenting coordinator.
The IndyBar ADR and Family Law Sections are hosting a parenting coordination training at the IndyBar on October 17 and October 18! This two-day training has been approved for 13 hours of CME credit and an hour of ethics. IndyBar members attend at a reduced rate. Online registration is open for the parenting coordination training, and there are still spaces available! You can register here. This is an excellent and cost-effective opportunity to take this training before the end of the year!
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