The Probate and Family Court announces the establishment of Category V, Fee-Generating Appointment List for Parenting Coordinators.

Please review this announcement and the application and instructions below before completing the application. The application deadline for those who desire to be included on the July 1, 2017, list for this new category will be May 31, 2017. Applications received after May 31, 2017, will not be reviewed until after July 1, 2017. They will be considered as received, and the successful applicant will be added to this fee-generating appointment list upon approval.

If you wish to apply, certain training requirements must be completed before your application will be considered.

These requirements are:

  1. At least thirty (30) hours of training in a mediation training program;
  2. At least six (6) hours of training in intimate partner abuse and family violence dynamics.  This training program will be established and provided by the Probate and Family Court, in conjunction with the Trial Court; and,
  3. At least thirty-five (35) hours of accredited training in topics related to parenting coordination, including but not limited to, a mandatory two hour training required by the Probate and Family Court Administrative Office, the role of the parenting coordinator in Massachusetts, the role of the parenting coordinator generally, developmental stages of children, dynamics of high conflict families, parenting in separate households, conflict management and dispute resolution skills, communication skills, parenting skills, problem-solving techniques. A list of approved training programs can be found below.

If you have attended a similar course that you wish to count toward the training requirement, please ask the sponsoring organization to submit a “Request for Training Program Accreditation for Category V pdf format of Category V Req for Training Program Accreditation
.” The Administrative Office will determine if the course is approved. If approved, you will be notified and the course will be added to the approved list.

If you intend to apply for Category V for the July 1, 2017 list, please submit a letter of interest which includes your name, address and e-mail address to the Administrative Office: as soon as possible, so that we can contact you to arrange the Intimate Partner Abuse and Family Violence Dynamics training.

Applications for Fee Generating Appointments