Mediation

Mediation services are ordered to resolve custody or parenting issues through facilitated discussion between parents and a mediator.

Program Descriptions:


Domestic Relations Mediation
Mediation services are available to parties free of charge by court Specialists for parents involved in court actions where visitation and/or custody issues are in dispute.

Rule 68.12 Mediation
Mediation services are available to parties on a sliding fee scale for parents involved in court actions where visitation and/or custody issues are in dispute.  Services are coordinated through Family Court Resource Services but are provided by Court Approved Mediators who meet the qualification requirements of Supreme Court Rule 88.05(a).

Child Dependency Mediation
Mediation services are available to parties in a child abuse/neglect or a termination of parental rights matter in an effort to expedite permanency for children.  An FCRS Specialist facilitates the mediation; parents, guardians, adoptive resources, attorneys, and allied professionals are typically present to explore ideas about achieving permanency for the children. 

Access to Service:
 

Domestic Relations Mediation
Mediation is a free service offered by Family Court Resource Services.  A court order is required.  Parties and/or attorneys must contact FCRS at (816) 881-1814 to schedule once the court order is available.

Rule 68.12 Mediation
Mediation services offered on a sliding fee scale when ordered by a Judge or Commissioner.  Both parties are required to file their Form 15 with FCRS.  This may be sent by mail to 103 N. Main, Suit 200, Independence MO 64050 or by fax to (816) 881-1819.  FCRS coordinates this process with a Court Approved Mediator and relies on the income information provided by the parties and/or their attorneys.  Fees are assessed on a sliding fee scale based on the income listed on the parties Form 15.

Child Dependency Mediation
Cases can be received in various ways.  A Judge can order mediation or cases can be referred by attorneys, GALs, or the Children's Division.  If a Judge orders mediation, the court order is sent to Family Court Resource Services and a staff Specialist is assigned to mediate.  The court order must be accompanied by the Mediation Referral Form identifying persons invited to participate in the mediation.  For non-court ordered mediations, an attorney for the Children's Division worker may refer cases by completing the Mediation Referral Form and sending to FCRS.  Referral forms can be sent by mail to 103 N. Main, Suite 200, Independence, MO 64050, by fax to (816) 881-1819 or by email to Lori.Wilson@courts.mo.gov.