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Domestic Relations Mediation

Custody and Parenting Time

All Oregon circuit courts offer custody and parenting mediation. Mediators are paid by the county and do not charge a fee for this service. Each county sets its own limits about how many hours of free mediation are available, ranging from 4 to 8 hours. If the case does not resolve within the timeline, parties can choose to continue mediation at their own expense.

Some people choose to hire a mediator to help them resolve parenting issues without filing a court case. Rates vary for private mediation.

Mediators can help families to create a parenting plan. A sample parenting plan is available here. Please note that the "Basic Parenting Plan" may not work for your family. Your mediator will help you create a plan that works for you, which may be very different from this plan.

If you have experienced domestic violence or child abuse in your relationship, please talk with your mediator about your safety issues.

Financial Issues

A few counties offer free mediation of domestic relations financial issues. In these counties, mediators are paid by the county and do not charge a fee for this service. Each county sets its own limits about how many hours of free mediation are available, ranging from 2 to 8 hours. If the case does not resolve within the timeline, parties can choose to continue with mediation at their own expense. Other limitations also apply. Contact your trial court administrator for information about what is available in your county.

Private Mediation

Some people choose to hire a mediator to help them resolve domestic relations issues without filing a court case. Rates vary for private mediation. If you are interested in hiring a mediator, you may find resources in your local law library or yellow pages. For other resources, see Community and Private Mediation Resources.


Related Pages

What is Mediation?
How to Find a Mediator