Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker

Parents always want what is best for their children. Sadly, both parents may not agree on what’s best for their children. This is especially true when the parents no longer reside together in the same home. When a solution cannot be reached that is beneficial to the children, the family may require the services of a Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker (PCDM).

The family law attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson understand that parenting issues are very important to both parents. The attorneys also understand that these issues can be very emotionally charged. With this in mind, the attorneys at Knies, Helland, & McPherson can help their clients secure a Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker to help settle the issue.

Please contact us to learn more about your options for a parenting coordinator decision maker: 719-635-8499

Keep reading to learn more about our parenting coordinator decision maker services.

What Is A Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker (PCDM)?

A Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker is a neutral third party that is brought into domestic situations when decisions on the welfare of children are concerned and the parents cannot agree. This position was created by the Colorado judicial system and is used to ensure that the best interests of children are always being observed by both parents. Sometimes the role of a PCDM is coaching and mediating.

The job title of Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker is actually two specific job titles. A Parenting Coordinator works much like a mediator or referee and helps both parties reach an agreeable decision on any and all parenting issues that are being disputed. A Parenting Coordinator can only listen, negotiate, and make suggestions to both parties.

A Decision Maker has the authority to make decisions that will benefit the child or children and the parents must comply. In most cases, a Decision Maker is appointed by the Court when both parties fail to come to a reasonable agreement on issues concerning their child or children and mediation has failed; however, the consent of both parents is required to appoint a Decision Maker. The Court generally gives the Decision Maker authority to make final decisions that are legally binding for a minimum of two years.

How Can A PCDM Help Me?

The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson are dedicated to helping their clients work through difficult family law issues. Each attorney knows that every case is different and each situation must be handled with compassion and understanding. If our attorneys believe that a PCDM would be beneficial to your case, the recommendation will be made to the client.

When this happens, the first thing our clients want to know is how can a PCDM help? Some of the ways that a PCDM can help with these difficult issues include:

  • A professional and neutral opinion of the situation. Many times one or both parties feel that the negotiations are biased toward the other person. Having a neutral party involved allows both parties to feel as if the negotiations are fair.
  • A person who can set guidelines for the negotiations will allow both parties to speak up without feeling inhibited by the other party.
  • A person who can bring resources to the negotiation table shows both parties how to effectively communicate with each other. These resources may also be given to each party to seek further education on the subject on their own.
  • A person who can help identify the root causes of the conflict and allow each person to address these issues accordingly so negotiations can continue.
  • A person who can provide information on parenting strategies that will minimize conflict between both parties and allow the child to receive the most benefits from the parenting plan.

The services provided by the PCDM complement and strengthen the services provided by your personal attorney. Our attorneys understand that sometimes it takes a neutral party to help a domestic situation progress to the next level. We firmly believe that by providing access to this type of service we are providing the type of legal representation that our clients deserve.

What Questions Should I Ask The PCDM?

Your attorney at Knies, Helland & McPherson may give you suggestions on the types of questions you should ask the PCDM during your session. These questions will be based on your specific needs and desired outcome from the negotiations. However, you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you need to ensure that you understand what is taking place during the negotiation session.

Some of the questions you may find helpful to ask include:

  • Who is responsible for the decisions concerning schooling, after school activities and sports, and religious upbringing of the child?
  • Do I need approval from the other parent before medical care is provided?
  • Who is responsible for medical care costs and services?
  • Can I travel out of the area with our child?
  • Are there restrictions to the living arrangements, such as living within a certain area or school district?
  • What is the visitation schedule?
  • What is the support amount and are there any special requirements?
  • Can I request that the child be kept away from certain individuals or family members?

Do I Need An Attorney?

When facing important decisions about your family, it will always be in your best interest to have quality legal representation from a dedicated family lawyer. The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson understand that any and all issues concerning your children are important. They also understand that as a parent your rights should also be protected when it comes to issues with your children.

If you are facing tough negotiations concerning parental planning for your children, you are encouraged to consult with one of our dedicated attorneys. The attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson will use every resource at their disposal, including bringing in a Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker, to ensure that their clients see the best results for their legal situation.


At Knies, Helland & McPherson, we partner with you to come up with a customized solution that meets your individual needs and goals.