Sometimes, a divorcing couple is unable to resolve domestic violence and/or paternity action issues that might arise regarding parenting decisions. In such cases, the Florida court has the power to appoint a parenting coordinator.
If the court has appointed a parenting coordinator, they may be empowered to:
- Educate parents regarding the best interest of the child
- Resolve conflicts between parents with regard to child-related issues
- Make limited decisions on behalf of the child
In situations where domestic violence or child abuse has occurred, one parent might resist the appointment of a parenting coordinator. In such cases, the court may require a parenting coordinator to have additional or specific qualifications to more effectively manage the necessary interventions. The court may also order safeguards to protect the well-being of all parties.
A parenting coordinator might become privy to unhealthy or illegal practices in the home. In such instances, they must contact the court without informing the parents if:
- The coordinator witnesses or suspects abuse, neglect or abandonment of the child
- The coordinator witnesses or suspects abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult in the home
- The coordinator suspects or witnesses plans by one parent to remove the custodial child from the area of jurisdiction without permission of the court
If you are getting divorced and need help negotiating parenting decisions, contact a skilled divorce lawyer.