Year started: 2017
Neutrals: Individuals with a law degree or a degree in a field that includes the study of psychiatry, psychology, social work, human development, family counseling, or other behavioral science who have also completed a 40 hour divorce mediation training program.
Eligibility: Disputes involving children, or other non-economic issues relating to the children, either prior to dissolution of marriage or post-judgment including allocation of parental responsibility, parenting time, relocation, or other family law issues. All parties attending mediation are also required to complete a parenting education program.
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The 23rd Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program is governed by Local Rule 6.60 and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 99. The Court will order mediation for all cases involving children, or other non-economic issues relating to children, either prior to the dissolution of marriage or post-judgment. Mediation may be ordered for resolving the allocation of parental responsibility, parenting time, relocation, or other family law issues. All parties attending mediation are required to complete a parenting education program prior to mediation.
Once a judge has ordered parties to participate in mediation, a mediator from the Court's approved list of mediators will be assigned to the parties and a 60 day hearing date will be set for the status of the mediation process. At the initial session, the mediator will assess the ability and willingness of the parties to mediate. The parties shall attend mediation until an agreement is reached or until the mediator or judge terminates the mediation. By the status date, the mediator will submit a Mediator's Report to the judge and the parties' attorneys. The report will detail whether a settlement was reached between the parties.
All mediators must have either a law degree or a graduate degree in psychiatry, psychology, social work, human development, family counseling, or other behavioral science. All mediators are required to complete 40 hours of divorce mediation training. Additionally, all mediators must show proof of professional liability insurance which covers the mediation process and they must have at least 2 years experience in their profession. All mediators must participate in 6 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
Illinois 23rd Judicial Circuit . Jan. 31, 2017
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: The local court rules for Illinois' 23rd Judicial Circuit serving DeKalb and Kendall counties.
Rule 6.60 Family Mediation Program: This rule governs the circuit's Family Mediation Program. The rule covers mediator qualifiations and requirements, re...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 ...
Lizette UlloaCourt Administrator
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807 W. John St.
Yorkville, Illinois 60560