What if the other parent and I have a disagreement about the terms of the parenting plan after it is in place?
If you and the other parent have a dispute or disagreement related to your parenting plan or court order, the judge can assign you a parenting coordinator to help resolve the issues out of court. A parenting coordinator can:
- help figure out whether there has been a violation of an existing court order and, if so, recommend further court proceedings;
- be appointed to resolve a one-time dispute or to provide ongoing dispute resolution services; and
- attempt to resolve disputes by helping the parents to negotiate and to encourage settlement. Note: If it becomes apparent that the dispute cannot be resolved by an agreement between the parents, the parenting coordinator will make a decision about how to resolve the dispute.1
If the other parent committed domestic violence against you or your child, you can file a written objection to a parenting coordinator being appointed at any time before s/he is appointed. After the objection is filed, either party can request a hearing. If at the hearing, the judge will decide if there is enough evidence or not to support the objection to the parenting coordinator being appointed.2
If you do not have a parenting coordinator assigned, then you can go back to court to have the judge resolve your dispute.
1 N.D.C.C. § 14-09.2-01
2 N.D.C.C. § 14-09.2-02