PENNSYLVANIA– A set of rules have been re-instated in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding high-conflict child custody cases.
These rules, called “Parenting Coordination Rules” require parents in a custody battle to figure out aspects everyday childcare, like school pickup, and vacation times, outside of the courtroom, with a parenting coordinator. Coordinators are either attorneys, or mental health advocates with at least a masters degree.
These rules are aimed to help parents, court officials, but especially kids involved.
“Any time you can eliminate that trauma that can be associated with a child having to testify,” John Aciukewicz, of Court Appointed Special Advocates, told Eyewitness News, “And maybe take sides, if you will, over one parent or another, is a good thing.”
If parents can’t come to an agreement regarding childcare and scheduling, the supervising judge could call a hearing.
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