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Interesting debates have occurred between and among lawyers and judges regarding the use of parenting coordinators in Massachusetts Divorce Cases.  Many argue that, unlike a Guardian ad litem, which is specifically covered by statute, a parenting coordinator cannot be appointed by a court because of a lack of statutory authority for the court to do so.  It seems that last month the Appeals Court held that the court had the authority for an appointment of a “PC” in a divorce case.  But, the matter came before the court on a modification action where the parties had already agreed upon a “PC” in their separation agreement.  Thus, the question remains whether the trial court has the authority in the first instance to appoint a PC in a divorce action.  More on this issue is bound to follow. 

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