Traditionally family court cases have been handled through the adversarial process of court (litigation). Mediation is an alternative method of resolving your case. In mediation the two parties will sit down with a trained mediator who will facilitate a conversation to resolve the disputed issues in their family court case (i.e. parenting plan, child support, property and debt division).
The mediation process can be completed within 2-4 hours and the agreement submitted to the court for approval immediately
Less time in court
Participating and succeeding in mediation eliminates the need to attend future court hearings and go to trial
The cost of mediation is usually divided between the parties
Mediation is the best method for the parties to maintain control over the outcome of their case and their lives
Mediation Local Court Rule
The Greene County Court En Banc approved Local Rule 68.9B that authorizes Mediation in contested cases. The rule states: "In every contested family law case, except a Family Access Motion, the parties shall participate in a minimum of two hours of mediation".