After the entry of an order concerning allocation of parental responsibilities, the court can appoint a Parenting Coordinator (PC) to assist the parties in resolving their disputes. A parenting coordinator is especially helpful in high conflict disputes where the parties can rarely reach an agreement regarding decisions for the child[ren]. A parenting coordinator is typically a licensed attorney or licensed mental health professional. The role of the PC includes parental education, case management, negotiation, conflict management techniques, mediation to assist the parties in complying with the terms of their agreements.
Decision-Maker – A Decision Maker (DM) is an agreed-upon neutral third party who is appointed for a two-year term. A DM is typically a licensed attorney or licensed mental health professional. The DM is often the other half of the “PC/DM”. The DM is responsible for hearing the positions of each party and if the parties are unable to resolve the matter through mediation (typically with the parenting coordinator) then the DM has binding authority to resolve the dispute by issuing orders by implementing or clarifying existing orders under C.R.S. § 14-10-128.3