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Barnes v. Barnes

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
107 P.3d 560 (2005)


Facts

Laura Barnes (defendant) and Jason Barnes (plaintiff) were the divorced parents of a minor child. The divorce decree provided that Laura was the custodial parent and that Jason was entitled to visitation. Both Laura and Jason remarried. A year after the divorce was finalized, Jason filed a petition requesting more visitation with the child and a modification of child support in light of the changed circumstances. The mental-health expert associated with the case suggested that the court appoint a parenting coordinator to assist the parties with the breakdown in communication. The court agreed and entered an order appointing a parenting coordinator. The court also granted Jason’s request regarding visitation and modification of child support. Laura argued that the parenting coordinator had unlimited power over decisions about the child’s welfare. Laura then filed an appeal, alleging that the appointment of the parenting coordinator violated her substantive due-process rights.

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