Parenting Coordination Rules are available for public review. Parenting Coordinators are appointed by trial court judges to help resolve disputes between parents regarding their children. Comments from the public on the proposed new rules will be accepted until May 26, 2011.
Comments can be sent in writing to the following address:
Jeffrey Bercovitz, Director Juvenile and Family Law
Indiana Judicial Center
c/o Domestic Relations and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-3546
The specific proposed rules can be found at http://courts.in.gov/rules/proposed/2011/april.html. The website also includes a form for submitting comments electronically. Generally, the rules create regulations regarding parenting coordinators. The regulations include qualifications to serve as a coordinator, a description of the role and authority of the coordinator and guidelines for coordinator accountability.
Parenting coordinators are used to assist parents in resolving disputes associated with their children. A trial court judge can recommend a coordinator be used or the parents can voluntarily agree to use a coordinator to resolve their dispute. Typically, the coordinators work to resolve disputes concerning issues about parenting time, not disputes involving support.
The Domestic Relations Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana developed the proposed Parenting Coordination rules and commentary. Both Committees are made up of judicial officers from across the state. The Indiana Judicial Center serves as staff support for the Domestic Relations and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
Once comments are submitted, the Committees will review the responses and prepare a revised draft for submission to the Supreme Court of Indiana. The Justices of the Supreme Court determine if the rules are approved.