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Mediator or parenting time coordinator, which one do I use?

If your ex-spouse is not following the order regarding parenting time or custody, chances are that you want to get back into court to have a judge find him or her in contempt of court.  You may also want to modify your current order so that you have more time with the kids. Indeed, these may be genuine issues that you want resolved quickly, but getting in front of a judge may not be as quick as you hoped for.

What’s even more frustrating, your decree may direct you to participate in mediation or bring your issues before a parenting time coordinator (or expeditor) before filing any motions. You may not understand the difference between a mediator and a parenting time expeditor, so this post will briefly explain how both may help.

Mediator – A mediator is a neutral third party who helps disputing parents find a mutual solution. Indeed, the parties may be set on their respective positions, but the mediator is trained to deal with warring parties and can help them understand the flaws in their positions, while showing them what they have to gain by cooperating and finding a mutually acceptable solution.

Parenting coordinator – Essentially, this person evaluates each person’s position with regard to the dispute, interprets the decree and is able to award compensatory parenting time if the order has in fact been violated. The parenting coordinator is also able to reduce parenting time if the child is being abused or mistreated.  These decisions are reviewable by the judge.

If you have additional questions about these roles, an experienced family law attorney can help.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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