Year started: 2003
Neutrals: Individuals who have a master's degree or higher and have been approved by the court
Eligibility: Dissolution cases involving financial disputes
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
In the 11th Judicial Circuit, a mediation program for financial issues in dissolution cases has been functioning since 2003. Matrimonial and family cases involving issues of financial support in the form of child support or maintenance, and distribution of assets and debts are referred to mediation by the parties' attorneys, the court, or at the request of either party.
Five to 6 individuals are on the list of court-approved mediators, which is maintained at the office of the Circuit Clerk. To be approved, one must possess a master's degree or higher degree, and must complete a basic 40-hour training in family mediation approved by ACR or by the Court, as well as 8 hours of advanced training in dealing with financial and property issues or a 1-day advanced training program for Financial Mediation conducted by the Circuit Court of McLean County. Mediators also need to have professional liability insurance and be a member of the Mediation Council of Illinois.
Mediators are primarily selected by the parties' attorneys and are compensated in the form of an hourly fee by the parties. The parties are required to attend the mediation, and some of the time, lawyers are required to attend. Anyone else can attend by agreement only. Mediations can last anywhere between 3 and 10 hours, and there is normally more than one session.
According to the rules for the program, Rule 120. Matrimonial and Family Cases, E. Mediation of Financial or Property Issues, the Chief Judge shall 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 Circuit Court Statistical Reports
Summary: There statistics detail the number and type of agreements for the 11th Judicial Circuit (McLean County) Mediation Program for Financial Issues in Divoce Cases between January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009.