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Third-Party and Grandparents' Rights, and Updates to Statutes and Rules Related to Parenting Coordinators

The original statutes regarding Parenting Coordinators ("PC") became effective in 2005. Over the years, attorneys and parenting coordinators found that there were some practical limitations and gaps in the statute. Not all counties were applying the PC statutes the same way; there wasn't a lot of guidance in the statute about what happens when a PC makes a report to the Court; and the participants in the process found that the statute wasn't user friendly.

All of these concerns led the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association to appoint a task force to study the PC statutes and determine what kind of revisions would be needed. Led by attorney Katherine Frye, the task force sought input from judges, PCs, attorneys, and other stakeholders across the state. The result of this effort was an almost complete overhaul of the PC statute, which went into effect October 1, 2019.

  • What rights do family members and/or grandparents have in custody cases?
  • What has changed in the parenting coordinator statutes and rules?


  • Katie H. King, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh

Session from Keeping It All Together: Today's Family Law Paralegal CPE, February 19, 2020

North Carolina: 0.75 CPE Hours

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