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BBA Section Comments Inspire Revisions in Parenting Coordination Procedures

On February 1, 2017, the Probate and Family Court promulgated Parenting Coordination Standing Order 1-17, related to the procedures and requirements for parenting coordinators either assigned by agreement between parent parties or appointed by the Court. The Standing Order will be effective on July 1, 2017.

The BBA’s Family Law Section provided comments on a draft of the Proposed Standing Order on January 20, 2016. The comments raised a number of areas of concern, pointing especially to the uncertainty surrounding what happens when the parties disagree with a parenting coordinator, whether or not the Court has the power to grant the parenting coordinator binding decision-making authority without agreement of the parties, and what payment procedures apply if the Court appoints a parenting coordinator but both parties refuse to pay.

Ultimately, many of the concerns expressed in the comments were addressed in the final version of the Order. The Court clarified that parties always had a right to access the Court, even when they had submitted to the binding decision-making authority of the parenting coordinator. Additionally, the Order now provides that the binding decision-making authority of the parenting coordinator could only apply upon agreement of the parties and that a parenting coordinator could not be appointed by the Court if both parties refused to pay.

We are pleased to have taken part in the commenting process and to see that your comments were incorporated in the final Standing Order. We look forward to being part of future opportunities to comment and to keeping you informed throughout the process.

Learn more about the impact of BBA Comments last year:

Family Law Committees

  • Divorce Law Fundamentals Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover divorce law issues.
  • Family Law CLE Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs focusing on current issues in Family Law.

    Contact Information

    Rosanne Paula Klovee

    Law Office of Rosanne Klovee, LLC

    (781) 438-5222

    Brian McLaughlin

    McLaughlin Law, LLC

    (617) 236-5847

  • Family Law Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the family law bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing for the newsletter or blog, contact the Co-Chairs.

    Contact Information

    Jordana Kershner

    Baskin & Associates, LLC

    (617) 266-1820

    Grace C. Roessler

    Mirick O'Connell

    (617) 261-2417

  • Family Law Divorce Fundamentals Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions focusing on the fundamentals of divorce.

    Contact Information

    Katherine M. Potter

    Law Office of Katherine M. Potter

    (617) 877-2010

    Abbe L. Hershberg

    Greater Boston Legal Services

    (617) 371-1234

  • Family Law Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover family law issues.

    Contact Information

    Elizabeth A. Roberts

    Roberts & Sauer LLP

    Meredith A. DeJesus Caradimos

    Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP

    (508) 316-9720

  • Family Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes in the law. Family law attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Peter G. Coulombe

    Massachusetts Department of Revenue

    (617) 626-4157

    Gayle Stone-Turesky

    Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

    (617) 227-3030

  • Family Law Public Service Committee
    This committee focuses on educating and training members about various pro bono opportunities. The committee also organizes community service and student outreach projects for the section.

    Contact Information

    Alana Holly

    Taylor, Ganson & Perrin, LLP

    (617) 951-2777

    Cindy Palmquist

    Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association

    (617) 423-0648

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.