Do I have an option in using a parenting coordinator in Arizona?

Question:

Do I have an option in using a parenting coordinator in Arizona?

My ex-husband and I have been appointed a parenting coordinator. We do not get along. And he is one of the parties that “never wants things to end and doesn’t want to move on”. He is trying to trap me by using the parenting coordinator to say we need to attend “sessions together”. I do not want to be in the same room as him nor do I feel comfortable. He is trying to tell me that I need to schedule an appointment with our parenting coordinator and then make myself available for a joint session. There are no issues pending that I know of between the two of us. I don’t have the money to pay just to appease my ex-husband so he can have a place and time to trap me with him. Please help, what are my options?

Answer:

If the judge has appointed a Parenting Coordinator, yes, you have to use the Coordinator.

If you have been appointed a Parenting Coordinator, you presumably have joint custody and are required to make decisions together. Based on the statements you just made about your relationship with your ex, the parenting coordinator is more likely to benefit you than him.

A Parenting Coordinator will see through his behaviors and force it to stop. If your ex plays games, the Parenting Coordinator will make a report to the Judge, along with a recommendation to correct the problem. However, if you refuse to cooperate with the Parenting Coordinator, the Parenting Coordinator will make a report to the Judge as well.

Good luck!

Patrick Sampair
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