Ohio Supreme Court’s Adopting New Parenting Coordination Rules

Back on Jan. 24th., the Court’s news service reported the Ohio Supreme Court’s having adopted new rules governing local courts’ use of parenting coordination taking effect on April 1.

“The new Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio would apply to those courts wanting to use parenting coordination --- a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process that can be ordered by a court in which a parenting coordinator assists families in implementing parental rights and responsibilities or companionship time orders --- and set forth definitions, the role and qualifications of a parenting coordinator, and the responsibilities of the court to adopt local rules governing the use of parenting coordination, confidentiality, privilege, and public access; and  also include factors necessary for ordering parenting coordination; required conditions when domestic abuse or domestic violence is alleged, suspected, or present; and inappropriate uses of parenting coordination.”

Courts needing assistance with their current programs or wanting to set up a new program consistent with the new rules are instructed to contact Jacqueline Hagerott, manager of the Dispute Resolution Section at the Supreme Court atjacqueline.hagerott@sc.ohio.gov 

Wording of the rules can be accessed here.