Concern Over Judicial Authority Drove Parent Coordinator Elimination

May 7, 2013 – In The News
Pennsylvania Law Weekly

Natalie Famous was quoted in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly article, "Concern Over Judicial Authority Drove Parent Coordinator Elimination." While the full text can be found in the May 7, 2013, issue of PennsylvaniaLaw Weekly, a synopsis is noted below.

To many family law practitioners, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate parenting coordinators in custody matters was a reasonable measure to keep decision-making in the purview of the state’s judges.

But several attorneys have questioned whether the practice, which on May 23 becomes a thing of the past in Pennsylvania custody cases, could have survived with some tweaking.

Family law practitioner Natalie L. Famous pointed out that the Supreme Court submitted the rules committee’s proposal to The Pennsylvania Bulletin for public comment in November 2010, right around the time the Luzerne County scandal, which involved allegations of two judges taking $2.8 million in kickbacks from the co-owner and the builder of a private juvenile prison, was still very much news.

Famous, who was the first parenting coordinator in the state, said the court made the decision to do away with parent coordinators in favor of transparency by the judiciary and to hold the judges directly accountable for decisions.