Where a separation agreement stipulates the use of a parent coordinator for a year to help resolve disputes over children, the appeals court has decided that the Probate & Family Court has the power to appoint a parent coordinator after the initial year. The decision in Ruddy v Ruddy allows the court to appoint a parent coordinator even of one of the parties objects.
Prince Lobel Tye partner and Domestic Relations Practice Group Chair Donald G. Tye, representing the mother who did not wish to continue with the parent coordinator, said he was “concerned
the ruling would be interpreted to stand for something broader than is appropriate.”
The complete article appears in the September 30 issue.