Raleigh, November 24, 2011.

Raleigh divorce lawyer Scott Allen has been approved as a parent coordinator by the chief district court judge of the 10th Judicial District in Wake County.

When asked about his role as a parent coordinator, Mr. Allen explains: “I am excited for the opportunity to help families in this way. A district court judge in North Carolina may appoint a parenting coordinator in certain child custody cases.  If asked to help in a case, my role is to reduce conflict between the parents for the welfare of the children in high conflict child custody cases.”

Mr. Allen further explained that a parent coordinator does not replace the district court judge in the assigned family court case but is only there to help in a difficult child custody case.   The role of the parent coordinator is as defined by the judge in the high conflict custody case and, depending on the case, Mr. Allen says he may be called on to  “identify disputed issues, reduce misunderstandings, explore compromise, clarify priorities, develop methods of collaboration in parenting, and ensure compliance with the court’s custody order. In other words, I will be there to help promote the best interest of the children.”

Under North Carolina law, a high-conflict custody case is one where the district court judge finds that the parties demonstrate an ongoing pattern of excessive litigation, anger and distrust, verbal abuse, physical aggression or threats of physical aggression, communication issues regarding the children or other conditions that the court determines warrant the appointment of a parenting coordinator.  These high-conflict cases are some of the most difficult cases for the courts to deal with because the high level of parental animosity and the impact on the children.

Mr. Allen says he looks forward working with families as a parent coordinator.


Raleigh divorce lawyer Scott Allen is a designated parent coordinator in Wake County.  He also handles modification of custody, child custody, and temporary custody hearings and has over seventeen years of experience.  If you have questions or need assistance call him at (919) 863-4183 or email at sallen@allenspence.com.