A Decision Maker can be used in certain divorce matters. JAMS has a number of domestic relations experts that are able to fill this role. Sometimes the parties to a divorce want to set in place a procedure to resolve any future disputes between themselves regarding their children. If the parents agree, the Colorado courts can designate a “Decision Maker” under the state’s domestic relations statute C.R.S § 14-10-128.3. They understand the strife and friction caused by a divorce and the concern for the former spouses to put the needs of the children first.
The assignment under the statute is for a specific period of time of not more than two years. The Decision-Maker has binding authority to resolve disputes to implement or clarify existing orders “concerning the parties’ minor or dependent children, including but not limited to disputes concerning parenting time, specific disputed parental decisions, and child support.”