Traditionally family court cases have been handled through the adversarial process of court (litigation). Mediation is an alternative method of resolving your case. In mediation the two parties will sit down with a trained mediator who will facilitate a conversation to resolve the disputed issues in their family court case (i.e. parenting plan, child support, property and debt division).
The mediation process can be completed within 2-4 hours and the agreement submitted to the court for approval immediately
Less time in court
Participating and succeeding in mediation eliminates the need to attend future court hearings and go to trial
The cost of mediation is usually divided between the parties
Mediation is the best method for the parties to maintain control over the outcome of their case and their lives
The Greene County Court En Banc approved Local Rule 68.9B that authorizes Mediation in contested cases. The rule states: "In every contested family law case, except a Family Access Motion, the parties shall participate in a minimum of two hours of mediation".
How to get on the Greene County Family Court Mediator List?
If you are interested in getting on the Greene County Family Court Mediator list you need:
– Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 17.04 "any individual providing alternative dispute resolution services
... shall have at least sixteen hours of formal training." Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 88.05 an
individual "who performs mediation in a contested child custody matter shall be a person who: is an
attorney or a person who possesses a graduate degree in a field that includes the study of psychiatry,
psychology, social work, counseling or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and
family interpersonal relationships; and has received a minimum of twenty hours of child custody
mediation training in a program approved by the court." Additionally, per request of Greene County
Family Court, the mediator shall have observed four domestic relations mediations with at least two
mediators who are currently on the approved mediation list.