Parenting Coordinator Program

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This program is designed to help parents implement their parenting plan and resolve day-to-day parenting issues with the assistance of a neutral third party. For example, one parent wants to change the court-ordered visitation time and the other parent disagrees. The Parenting Coordinator would talk to each parent to see if they could agree and would make a recommendation if they could not agree.

Benefits of a parenting coordinator include:

  • Effective communication with a focus on the child’s best interest.
  • Reduced misunderstandings and a process for parents to reach a mutual compromise.
  • Reduced litigation in court.
  • Lower costs and shorter timeframes.

Find Your Own Parenting Coordinator

Under Court Rule 5:8D the court may appoint a parenting coordinator selected by the parties. This can be a professional who is not on the Judiciary's roster, or it can be someone the parents trust, such as a mutual friend or community member. The benefit of choosing someone they know is that the person is familiar with the family members and their unique situation. 

Use a Parenting Coordinator from the Court’s Roster

The court can appoint a parenting coordinator from the Judiciary's roster of trained professionals. They are often attorneys, mediators, or mental health professions who have completed mandatory training. They charge an hourly fee for their services.

Apply to Be a Parenting Coordinator

If you want to be listed on the court’s roster as a professional parenting coordinator, you need to apply. Approved parenting coordinators can also change or update their roster status.

For more information, contact the Family Practice Division at 609-815-2900 ext. 55350 or email AOCFamily.Mailbox@njcourts.gov .

Parenting Coordinator Roster

Parenting Coordinator Sort descending Approved for DV Cases Hourly Rate
Cindy Ball Wilson, Esq.
Wilson Family Law LLC
667 Shunpike Road Suite 5
Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone:973-520-4275
Fax:973-738-0603

Cindy has focused her legal career on family law and conflict resolution. She is a Court-qualified mediator and trained in collaborative family law. She studies mediation at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Cindy was a special education teacher and understands the complex needs of children.

No $380.00
Melissa Cipriano, Esq.
Cipriano Law Office, PC
175 Fairfield Ave Suite 4 C/D
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone:973-403-8600
Fax:973-403-8610

I have been practicing family law for 25 years. I am a qualified mediator and qualified domestic violence mediator. I am also trained in collaborative law. I am also a trial attorney having tried several divorce cases and domestic violence cases. I have also been a parent coordinator for several years and have now completed the statewide PC course.

No $400.00
Faudio H. Clemenza, Esq.
Law Office of Faudia A. Hameed Clemenza
21 Main Street
Court Plaza South West Wing Suite 352
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Yes $300.00
Alexandra M. Coglianese, Esq.
Bremer Buckner. LLC
2 University Plaza Drive, Suite 302
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone:201-488-2141
Fax:201-487-1257

Ms. Coglianese has been serving as a Parent Coordinator in excess of a decade. She has extensive experience working with both high and low, conflict court involved families both pre and post judgment. Ms. Coglianese proves parenting coordination service in both FM and FD matters.

No $375.00
Danielle Forshee, Ph.D.
Dr. Danielle Forshee, LLC
280 Highway 35 Suire 402C
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Dr. Forshee is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and New York, specializing in clinical and forensic psychology practice. Expertise includes high-conflict coparenting, personality, and psychological disorders. Dr. Forshee's approach is child-centered, focused on educating about children's needs and development relevant to coparenting disputes.

Yes $400.00
Holly Friedland, Esq.
Jacobs Berger, LLC
16 Washington St.
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone:973-710-4366
Fax:973-710-4367
Yes $400.00
David S. Gomberg, Ph.D.
David S. Gomberg and Associates
169 Maplewood Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone:973-313-9289
Fax:973-763-5604
Yes $425.00
Allison E. Holzman, Esq.
Cipriano Law Office PC
175 Fairfield Ave Suites 4C/D
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
No $350.00
Nicole A. Kobis, Esq.
Lindabury McCormick Estabrook & Cooper
53 Cardinal Drive
Westfield, NJ 07091
Phone:908-233-6800
Fax:908-233-5078

I work with parents to help navigate their differences focusing on what is in the children's best interests. I ensure that both parents feel that they are being treated fairly and have the opportunity to provide me with the reasoning for their beliefs and positions.

No $385.00
Sharon R. Montgomery, Psy.D.
Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy.D.
20 Community Place 4th Fl
Morristown, NJ 07960
Fax:(973)539-3687

I have been a clinical forensic psychologist for over forty years. I have conducted numerous evaluations, served as a Parenting Coordinator since 2000, conducted all types of interventions and mediations, and have a specialty as a Parent-Child Contact Problems.

Yes $425.00
Laurie L. Newmark, Esq.
Townsend Tomaio and Newmark
100 South Jefferson Rd.
Whippany, NJ 07981
Fax:(973)539-4151

Laurie Newmark is a certified matrimonial attorney in the State of NJ. She is also a
qualified mediator in the State of NJ and a licensed family mediator in the State of FL.
Ms. Newmark has her B.A. in psychology and has completed the AFCC training for
parent coordination.

No $400.00
Lynn B. Norcia, Esq.
Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C.
105 Eisenhower Parkway Suite 401
Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone:973-403-9200
Fax:973-226-0031

As a parenting coordinator, I help parents move forward while always keeping their focus on the best interests of the children. I have extensive family mediation experience and regularly serve as a Guardian Ad Litem o behalf of the court. Flexible evening and weekend appointments are available via ZOOM.

Yes $350.00
Marcy A. Pasternak, Ph.D.
Marcy Pasternak, Ph.D., P.A.
96 Joan Drive
Watchung, NJ 07069
Phone:908-769-7949
Fax:973-753-4930

Dr. Marcy Pasternak is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who practices in Watchung, N.J. She conducts parenting coordination, divorce
mediation, therapeutic mediation, psychotherapy, and forensic
psychological evaluations.
Dr. Pasternak has served as a psychological expert in numerous counties and served on the Court Ad Hoc Committee for Parenting Coordination in 2006.

Yes $450.00
Linda A. Schofel, Esq., LCSW
Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Marceri & da Costa LLC
425 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Fax:(973)275-5202

Linda A. Schofel has been a family law attorney for more than 30 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is collaboratively trained. She is a trained mediator for domestic violence matters. Her background as a therapist and family lawyer has resulted in hundreds of parent coordination court appointments.

Yes $360.00
Rebecca P. Stern, JD
Pearl Mediation
169 W. Grand Ave
Montvale, NJ 07645

Rebecca Stern is a divorce & family mediator, special education parent advocate, parenting coordinator and founder of Pearl Mediation.
A professional problem-solver, Rebecca navigates clients through high-conflict situations, building child-focused enduring agreements that limit court involvement, and move families forward on solid ground feeling heard, educated and empowered.

No $400.00
Jennifer Stone Hall, Esq.
McKenna, DuPont, Stone & Washburne
229 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07724
Phone:732-741-6681
Fax:732-576-1787

I provide assistance to parents who have experienced an ongoing pattern of high conflict and/or litigation regarding their children. Ihelp parents implement and comply with court orders and parenting plans by making timely decisions to diminish the pattern of unnecessary litigation, animosity andconflict. My focus remains on the children's best interest.

Yes $400.00
Tamsen Thorpe, Ph.D.
Directions, CLS, LLC
20 Community Pl 4th Fl
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone:973-425-8868
Fax:973-539-3687

Dr. Thorpe has been certified In Mediation Training since 2006 from the NJ Institute For Continuing Legal Education (!CLE). She received her Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training In 2008 from the Center for Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. She has been trained as a
Parent Coordinator since 2005 through the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (AFCC). Dr. Thorpe also received training through the AFCC in the area of children and divorce
specifically family reconciliation when a child is refusing parental visitation. She has taken
numerous advanced courses to keep current in the area of high conflict families.

No $350.00
Jason C. Tuchman, Esq.
Kelly Kelly Marotta & Tuchman, LLC
25 E. Spring Valley Avenue Suite 320
Maywood, NJ 07607
Phone:201-368-7713
Fax:201-368-7723

Mr. Tuchman is a trained Parenting Coordinator with experience in dealing with divorce and
high-conflict parenting situations. He is also Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a
Matrimonial Law Attorney, a Court-qualified family law mediator, and specially trained as a
collaborative divorce attorney.

Yes $350.00
Amy Wechsler, Esq.
Lawrence Law Firm
744 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069
Phone:908-645-1000
Fax:908-645-1001
No $380.00
Elena K. Weitz, Esq.
Williams Law Group
90 East Halsey Road Suite 375
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone:908-810-1083
Fax:908-810-1087

I have a B.A. in psychology, focusing on early childhood development, and am a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years, solely devoted to practicing family law. I have represented countless litigants in their custody and parenting time disputes, and have experience in handling high conflict matters.

No $405.00