Saturday, April 30, 2011

Public input sought for Parenting Time Coordination Rules

The Domestic Relations Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana have developed proposed Parenting Coordination rules and commentary. This is the first time that rules have been proposed for Parenting Time Coordination.

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. Parenting Coordinators are appointed by trial court judges to help resolve disputes between parents regarding their children.

I have attended meetings while the proposed rules were being drafted and was given the proposed rules which are now publicly available here. ; I was very satisfied with the consideration given to these rules. Please read them and provide input. 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

Once comments are submitted, the Committees will review the responses and prepare a revised draft for submission to the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference who will then submit the proposed rules with any revisions to the Supreme Court of Indiana. The Justices of the Supreme Court determine if the rules are approved.

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More information about child custody rights and procedures may be found on the Indiana Custodial Rights Advocates website.

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