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Mediation Attorney in Martinsville, Indiana

The Majority of Family Law Cases Don’t Need to Step Foot in A Court Room. Mediation Can Be the Key!

Private Mediation

$250 per hour for Privately Hired Domestic Relations Cases

Want to resolve your Family Law case outside of Court? Mediation may be to solution for you.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a private process where a neutral third person called a mediator helps the parties discuss and try to resolve the dispute. The parties have the opportunity to describe the issues, discuss their interests, understandings, and feelings; provide each other with information and explore ideas for the resolution of the dispute. While courts can mandate that certain cases go to mediation, the process remains “voluntary” in that the parties are not required to come to an agreement. The mediator does not have the power to make a decision for the parties but can help the parties find a resolution that is mutually acceptable. The only people who can resolve the dispute in mediation are the parties themselves.

What happens at Mediation?

There are a number of different ways that mediation can proceed. Most mediations start with the parties together in a joint session. The mediator will describe how the process works, will explain the mediator’s role and will help establish ground rules and an agenda for the session. Generally, parties then make opening statements. Some mediators conduct the entire process in a joint session. However, other mediators will move to separate sessions, shuttling back and forth between the parties. If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator may help reduce the agreement to a written contract, which may be enforceable in court.

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Who pays for the Mediator?

Mediation fees are typically split by income percentage or on a 50/50 ratio between the parties. The Court can address the payment of fees at the final hearing.

Are the fees due upfront?

Yes, mediation fees are due at the time of scheduling.

What should I bring to mediation?

If you are represented by an attorney they will assist you in preparing the necessary documents. If you are self-represented please consider bringing your paystubs, tax returns, parenting time calendars, and anything you feel maybe related to the issues at hand.

What happens if we reach an agreement?

The Mediator will type up the agreement for parties review and signature. The Mediator will then file the agreement with the court. If your agreement addresses all issues you will have no further court dates. If it is a partial agreement, the Court will schedule a next court date.

What happens if we don’t reach an agreement?

The Mediator will file a report stating no agreement was reached. Your court dates will proceed as set.


Can I discuss offers or things that were said in Mediation at my Court hearing?

No. Mediation is a CONFIDENTIAL process.

Can the Mediator be called as a witness at my court hearing?

No. Mediation is a CONFIDENTIAL process.

Morgan County ADR Mediation Program

Morgan County has started a low-income mediation program to address a dire need within the County. Dakota VanLeeuwen serves as one of four mediators who volunteered to mediate these cases. This program is limited to a 3-hour mediation session works on an income-based sliding scale fee.

Who can use the ADR Program?

ADR programs are limited to Morgan County cases involving child-related disagreements with low income. That includes dissolutions, juvenile paternities. And high conflict custody cases.

What services can the ADR Program Provide?

ADR Program can assist in mediation, facilitation, parenting coordination, and co-parenting conflict management counseling/education.

How do I apply?

If you represent yourself, you will contact ADR Program Administrator: Brittany Patterson. If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney will request ADR.

When is my co-pay due?

It is due at the time of your mediation scheduling directly to the Mediator. VanLeeuwen Law accepts cash, debit card, or credit cards for co-pays.

What if I don’t pay my co-pay?

Your mediation will be canceled and the Court notified of the cancelation.

Have questions about the program? Contact the Program Administrator to see if you qualify! Program Administrator: Brittany Patterson bpatterson@morgancounty.in.gov