The Domestic Relations Mediations handle matters involving dissolution of marriages, timesharing with the minor child(ren), child support, as well as all paternity matters. The Mediation takes place in private conference rooms at the courthouse guided by the mediator who is a neutral party with no opinions in your case. The Mediations are conducted prior to the trial date/ final hearing, in an effort to give the parties an opportunity to negotiate and resolve their case without the added expense and stress of trial. Court Mediation Services are available to those parties where the combined yearly income is less than $100,000.00. Those with income above that amount must seek a private mediator.
In Domestic Relations Mediations, as is the case with all mediations, the parties retain control and the power to make their own decisions. If the parties reach a settlement in mediation, the mediator draws up a written agreement for the parties and their attorneys to sign. The original agreement is then filed with the Court and the parties are given a copy. The Court is then notified by the Mediation Program that the case has settled.
To schedule a case for Domestic Mediation, all parties must have a current (within twelve months) Financial Affidavit filed, and then a referral order must be entered by the Judge presiding over the case before a date and time for the Mediation may be set. Our Domestic Relations Mediations are scheduled in three-hour blocks of time. If all parties agree, two mediation sessions for a domestic relations case may be scheduled on the same day. Fees are based on the combined income of both parties.
To schedule a Mediation or for further information, contact the following persons:
Sr. Court Program Specialist