A parenting time expeditor, sometimes referred to as a P.T.E., is a neutral person used in family law cases to mediate, and if necessary, arbitrate parenting time disputes. The authority given to a parenting time expeditor is statutory based and requires that the parenting time expeditor first attempt to resolve a parenting time dispute by facilitating negotiations between the parties. If the dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, the statute mandates that the parenting time expeditor “make a decision resolving the dispute.” Minn. Stat. ¶518.1751, subd. 1b, (c). An order appointing a parenting time expeditor must include several specific terms as set forth by statute, including the name of the individual to be appointed. In contrast, the parenting consultant role is not created by statute.
Below is a side by side chart detailing the differences between the two.