such program, Riley-Geary Counties (RG) Domestic Mediation Services, has developed a sliding-scale for court-ordered
mediations in which mediation fees range on an individual
basis from $20 per hour for incomes under $10,000 to $100
per hour for incomes of $50,000 or above.
The mission of RG Domestic Mediation Services is to provide
children the opportunity to develop and maintain positive relationships with each of their parents through the development
of mutually acceptable plans for parenting. The program’s
goals are: (1) to fill a void for affordable mediation services;
(2) develop the local capacity of well-trained, state-approved
mediators; and ( 3) to provide students with real-life experiences in mentorship from seasoned mediators.
The program design provides that parties to a newly-filed
contested divorce or paternity action matters involving issues
of child custody, parenting schedules and/or parenting rights,
must first attempt to settle the issues through mediation prior
to setting the case for final hearing. The participating Court
agrees not to set a divorce, annulment, separate maintenance
action, or post-paternity proceeding involving minor children
of the relationship for final hearing until the parents have com-
plied with this requirement. The parties may choose either an
agreed-upon private mediator or a mediator assigned from
the Riley-Geary Counties Domestic Mediation Services. In
the latter case, the mediation coordinator assigns a mediator
from the existing mediation panel. The mediator contacts the
parties to schedule the mediation and provides to the parties
all necessary information and paperwork, including the slid-
ing scale fee and financial contract as well as the agreement
to mediate. The parties are individually responsible for paying
for mediation in advance of each session. After the mediation,
the mediator, or the lead co-mediator will complete a post-
mediation report to be sent back to the court indicating that
the mediation resulted in a full, partial, or no agreement.
I believe it is important for all experienced mediators to be part
of something bigger than ourselves, by participating in projects
and training and being available to assist in providing administrative support with the overall goal of advancing our profession.
I believe it is important for all experienced
mediators to be part of something bigger
than ourselves, by participating in projects
and training, and being available to assist in
providing administrative support with the
overall goal of advancing our profession.