Year started: 2008
Neutrals: Mediators with either a JD or a masters in psychiatry, psychology, social work, human development, family relationships or other behavioral science relevant to marriage and family relations. Mediators must also complete 40 hours of family mediation training.
Eligibility: All family law cases involving parental responsibilities, custody, visitation, parenting time, guardianship, relocation or access to children issues.
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The 20th Circuit Mediation of Custody, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, Parenting Time and Visitation Issues Program was established in 2008. This program is governed by the Local Court Rules 8.12 and Addendum A and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 905. All cases involving parental responsibilities, custody, visitation, parenting time, guardianship, relocation or access to children issues must participate in the program.
All parties to the program must complete the court's parent education program prior to starting mediation. Additionally, mediators must screen each case prior to mediation to evaluate any potential safety concerns. Within seven days of referral to the program, parties must contact their court-appointed mediator to schedule an appointment.
Parties must attend a minimum of four hours of mediation unless all issues are resolved in less than four hours. Should the parties reach an agreement, the mediator will record the agreement in writing and provide it to the parties, but not the court. The mediator must advise the parties to obtain legal assistance in drafting or reviewing any final agreements. All final agreements must be presented by the parties to the court within 30 days after the mediator has filed their final mediator's report. In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the mediator must indicate reasons for the parties' failure to reach an agreement in their final mediator report filed with the court. The final mediator report must be submitted within 10 days of the termination of the last mediation session.
Qualified mediators must have either a JD or a masters in psychiatry, psychology, social work, human development, family relationships, or other behavioral science relevant to marriage and family relations. Mediators are also required to complete a 40-hour specialized training in family mediation. Approved mediators must secure and maintain professional liability insurance that covers the mediation process and provide evidence of this insurance to the Chief Judge annually. Mediators are also required to complete 10 hours of continuing education every two years and two of these hours must cover domestic violence issues. Program mediators will be compensated by the parties at a rate agreed upon by the parties and the mediator.
Illinois 20th Judicial Circuit . Jan. 1, 2019
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: The local rules for Illinois' 20th Judicial Circuit serving Monroe, Perry, St. Clair, Randolph, and Washington counties.
Part 7: Mandatory Arbitration: These rules govern the circuit's Mandatory Arbitration Program. The rules cover administration, ...
Mary BernekingCourt Administrator
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