Explanations Of Parenting Coordinators And Decision-Makers In Colorado

What Is A Parenting Coordinator? (C.R.S. 14-10-128.1)

Following a divorce or entry of a parenting plan, when parents struggle to communicate, a Parenting Coordinator may be appointed by the court to provide parents with advice and help parents make decisions regarding their children. A Parenting Coordinator's role is to facilitate communication, provide advice, and to assist parents to interpret the existing court orders. A Parenting Coordinator does not have the authority to make decisions. He or she is to assist with problem solving and improve communication between parents.

The goal is to keep parenting disputes out of court and to give them more control over parenting decisions about their children. In high conflict cases, the court may order the appointment of a Parenting Coordinator or both parents may agree and must sign a Parenting Coordinator Agreement.

What Is A Decision Maker? (C.R.S. 14-10-128.3)

Decision Makers are appointed by the court only upon the agreement of the parents. Parents must sign a Decision Maker Agreement. Unlike Parenting Coordinators, Decision Makers interpret the existing parenting plan and are authorized to make binding decisions, which are filed in writing with the court. The benefit of having a Decision Maker is that parents can quickly resolve parenting conflicts without hiring a lawyer or going to court. Decisions are often made verbally and later filed with the court in writing. This is another method by which Littman Family Law can help parents avoid the emotion and expense of court litigation.

Using Arbitration (C.R.S. 14-10-128.5)

While arbitration can be used to resolve divorce disputes, the intention of this arbitration statue is to provide parents a tool to resolve post-divorce disputes involving parenting plans, child support, parenting time, and other matters related to children. An Arbitrator can only be appointed by agreement of the parties, and they must sign an Arbitration Agreement. Post-divorce arbitration, including the rules of evidence, can be as formal or informal as the parties choose. The decisions made by court appointed arbitrators are binding. This allows parents to avoid litigation.

We Will Help You Resolve Your Family Disputes Amicably

The attorneys and paralegals at Littman Family Law are highly trained and are available to work with high conflict families in any of these three roles . To learn more about Parenting Coordinators, Decision Makers, and post (or pre)-divorce arbitration, please contact us in Denver by phone at 303-800-3114 or by filling out our intake form.