Are state family court supervisors any good? Why or why not?

Like a special master or parent time coordinator? That kind of supervisor? Generally speaking, in my experience and opinion, while they appear to be a good idea in concept, in practice they are not. I’ve never had a good experience with them. Why?

For the amount of money they cost, they don’t deliver much value generally. You end up having to pay for what the court would otherwise do free of charge.

They often make worse the disputes they are ostensibly appointed to help resolve.

Their power is largely illusory. If the judge who appointed the supervisor doesn’t agree with their decisions then the judge can overrule what the supervisor directed, so again, the supervisor often does not add any value and has been, in my experience, a waste of time and money and effort.

They are also not held all that accountable, so if they act (or don’t act) to your detriment, it may be too late to do anything about and/or you’re left to deal with the problem yourself.

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