In a case decided on June 17, 2008, a New Jersey appeals court distinguished the roles of a Custody Mediators from Parenting Coordinators in divorce cases.

Essentially, a Custody Mediator, whether court-appointed or privately chosen, is barred from making any recommendations to the court concerning custody or parenting time. A Parenting Coordinator, on the  other hand, whether appointed or chosen, may do so, although the court opined that the "preferable practice" would be to consult with the parents and their attorneys beforehand.

This case demonstrates the need for precise definitions in order to avoid unexpected or unpleasant results. If in doubt, consult an attorney before deciding how to proceed.