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Court Trustee Page - Mediation

Mediation is a process where the two parents sit down with a trained professional who will help you to resolve the problem. The decision of what is in your children’s best interest is left up to you instead of the court deciding after hearing negative and mostly devastating evidence from each parent. The Mediation process is confidential and only you, the Mediator and ultimately your attorney will know what transpired. The Court will not know, except that you were able to reach an agreement or that you were unable to agree. Upon successful conclusion of the Mediation sessions, the Mediator will prepare an agreement for each of you to sign. That same agreement is then incorporated into an order by the attorney, which the Court will sign. If you fail to agree, the Mediator will inform your attorneys and the case will be set for hearing before the Court. This option is available through District Court not through the Court Trustee Office, mediation typically handles custody and visitation disputes.