Year started: 1990
Neutrals: Individuals with law degree or advanced degree in behavioral science, and with approval of the court
Eligibility: All cases involving child custody and visitation disputes
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
Under the Family Mediation Program, any matrimonial and family case involving matters of child custody and visitation must be referred to mediation, as long as no impediments to mediation, such as domestic violence or substance abuse, are determined to exist.
Some parties are required to attend an evaluation session to determine whether their situation is suitable for mediation. If and when the parties go to mediation, the mediator is responsible for promoting the best interests of the children involved. Both parties are required to attend the mediation; attorneys for the parties may be present only by agreement of the participants. Upon completion, the mediator reports the results to the court.
Parties select a mediator from a court-approved list. Mediator qualifications include: having a law degree or a master's degree in a mental health field or a related field, having completed a 40-hour training in mediation skills, participating in continuing education programs, and upholding regular membership in the Mediation Council of Illinois. Mediators may charge a flat fee as agreed upon by the parties prior to the mediation; depending on the financial means of the participants and the complexity of the case, hourly rates may be on a sliding scale.
The rules require the Chief Judge to maintain statistics on the program, which are reported to the Administrative Office of Illinois Court and to the Presiding Judge of the Family Division of each county.
Illinois 11th Judicial Circuit. Sep. 12, 2018
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: These rules govern Illinois 11th Judicial Circuit serving Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean, and Woodford counties.
Rule 104 covers the Court-Annexed Civil Mediation Program operated in the Ford and McLean Counties. The rule addresses actions eligible...Illinois Supreme Court. Article I - Illinois Supreme Court General Rules, Oct. 10, 2001
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: This rule authorizes judicial circuits to undertake mediation programs. Circuits electing to establish mediation program are directed to adopt rules for the conduct of mediation proceedings and to submit them to the Supreme Court. The Rule specifies ...
Publication: McLean County Court Statistical Reports
Summary: These statistics detail the number of cases referred to mediation, the percentage of cases that reached agreement, partial agreement, and no agreement for the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009.
Rachel BunnerArbitration Administrator
11th Judicial Circuit
200 West Front Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
phone: (309) 827-7584
fax: (309) 827-9700