Parenting Coordinator/ Decision Maker (PC/DM)
In Colorado, Parenting Coordinators/Decision Makers can be used at the request of parties prior to or during a separation/ divorce case, or can be appointed by a Court pursuant to CRS § 14-10-128.1 and 128.3. The Parenting Coordinator/ Decision Maker (PC/DM) is a neutral third party who assists in the resolution of disputes between the parties concerning parental responsibilities, including but not limited to implementation of court-ordered parenting plans. The Courts may appoint different professionals as PC and DM, however, Ms. Stear prefers working with families in both capacities for continuity and efficiency. Source/Citation.
Duties of a Parenting Coordinator The duties of the parenting coordinator include, but are not limited to: (1) assisting the parties in creating agreed-upon, structured guidelines for implementing their parenting plan; (2) developing guidelines for communication between the parties; (3) suggesting resources for the parties in learning communication skills; (4) informing the parties of resources for developing improved parenting skills; (5) assisting the parties in identifying the sources and causes of conflict between them; and (6) assisting the parties in developing parenting strategies to minimize conflict. A PC may also be the sole point of communication between parties. Source/Citation. As a PC/DM, Ms. Stear always works in the Best Interest of the Child(ren).
Parent Coordinator fees include an initial retainer fee and an hourly fee. The initial retainer fee is $500 (applied to any time worked on the case) and the subsequent replenishment retainer fee is in increments of $500(+) depending on the case and as determined by the parent coordinator. The hourly fee of $120.00/hour is charged per tenths of an hour (6 minute increments). The fees are charged for costs and all time spent working on the case (including but not limited to phone, email, internet and postal communication; preparation, meetings, documentation, speaking with attorneys, filing with the court, possibly travel time, time spent collecting fees, etc.).
Fees are billed per time worked on the case, not per time worked with each parent, unless specified in the agreement or Court Order. Fees will be evenly split between parents, unless otherwise agreed.