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Parenting Coordinators

Parenting coordination refers to a process by which parties work with a parenting coordinator to reduce the effects or potential effects of conflict on the parties' child.

Parenting Coordinators may be appointed in an action in which the custody of or visitation with a child of the parties is in issue and the Court determines that the level of conflict between the parties with respect to that issue warrants the appointment:

  • During Pendency of Action: On motion of a party, on joint request of the parties, or on the Court's own initiative and after notice and hearing, the Court may appoint a parenting coordinator during the pendency of the action. Unless sooner terminated in accordance with this Rule, the appointment shall terminate upon the entry of a judgment granting or modifying custody or visitation; or
  • Upon Entry of Judgement Granting or Modifying Custody or Visitation: the Court may appoint the individual who served as a parenting coordinator during the pendency of the action.

Download the Consent Order for the Appointment of a Parenting Coordinator (Pre-Judgement) (PDF)

Download theConsent Order for the Appointment of a Parenting Coordinator Upon Entry of Judgment (PDF)

Visit the Understanding Child Custody & Visitation Cases page for more information about child custody, including forms, fees, and information about how children are represented.

Court-Approved Parenting Coordinator List

NOTE: The following list is in alphabetical order; this list does not make any representations as to the competence of a particular Parenting Coordinator but only affirms that each has complied with the requirements of Maryland Rule § 9-205.2, and the policies and procedures established by the Circuit Court for the appointment of Parenting Coordinators.

It is anticipated that additional parenting coordinators will be added to the list on an ongoing basis as new applications are received and approved.

Attorneys interested in becoming a parenting coordinator should submit the items required by Maryland Rules of Procedure, Rule § 9-205.2 (c) by email to ParentCoordinator@mcccourt.com. After an application is submitted, each member of the Parent Coordinator (PC) Committee will review it.

Ordinarily, an applicant who meets the criteria set forth in Maryland Rule § 9-205.2 will be approved. However, the PC Committee may elect to solicit comments from other judges or court staff about a PC applicant. Approved applicants will be notified. Applicants not approved will also be notified, with explanation where appropriate.

Parenting Coordinators List as of November 6, 2017

Name Address Telephone Number Resume
Amado, Alfred J., PhD 4 Professional Drive, Suite 120
Gaithersburg MD, 20879
(301) 355-5300 Download Resume (PDF)
Avery, Bruce E. 51 Monroe Street, Suite 701
Rockville MD, 20850
(301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
Begun, Tamar 10503 Sunny Brooke Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 340-1911 Download Resume (PDF)
Boyd, Vivian S., PhD 16907 Harbour Town Drive
Silver Spring, MD  20905
(301) 421-9709 Download Resume (PDF)
Breslow, Harriett 8712 Harness Trail
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 983-1321 Download Resume (PDF)
Christiansen, Todd M.D. 7474 Greenway Center Dr., Suite 730
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
(301) 775-9369 Download Resume (PDF)
Coakley, Ailsa PSY.D., MSA 11140 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 399-9119 Download Resume (PDF)
Cummings, Patricia A., LCSW-C 530 College Parkway, Suite N
Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 349-1170 Download Resume (PDF)
McLeod, Gwendolen 50 West Montgomery Avenue, Suite 260
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(301) 424-8841 Download Resume (PDF)
Nardella, Kathleen, JD, LCSW-C 6203 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20852
(301) 775-5373 Download Resume (PDF)
Robbins, Karen 17936 Dumfries Circle
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 260-0223 Download Resume (PDF)
Ryan, Suzanne 51 Monroe Place, Suite 701
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
Shepardson, Zhia L 51 Monroe Place, Suite 1406
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(301) 340-1616 Download Resume (PDF)
Stern, Michael 176 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 105
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 656-1177 Download Resume (PDF)
Tebeleff, Michel, Ph.D. 8640 Guilford Road, Suite 252
Columbia, Maryland 21046
(410) 312-7250 Download Resume (PDF)
Upton, Prudence 51 Monroe Street, Suite 701
Rockville, Maryland 20850
(301)762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
Vanderhorst, Gloria, Dr. 8701 Georgia Avenue, Suite 713
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 578-8760 Download Resume (PDF)
Wells, Kimberly P. , MSW, LCSW-C 3430 N. High Street
Olney, MD 20832
(410) 419-5838 Download Resume (PDF)
Zlatkus, Christy A. 51 Monroe Street, Suite 701
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 762-7644 Download Resume (PDF)
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