Indiana Divorce Guide

Mediation of your Divorce

The court can require the parties to seek Divorce mediationdivorce mediation for themselves or for a child of the parties under such terms andĀ conditions that the court considers appropriate if: either party makes a motion for counseling in an effort to improve conditions of their marriage; a party, the child of the parties, the child’s guardian ad litem or court appointed special advocate, or the court makes a motion for counseling for the child, or the court makes a motion for counseling for parties who are the parents of a child less than eighteen (18) years of age.

Joint counseling

The court may not require joint counseling of the parties:

  • without the consent of both parties; or
  • if there is evidence that the other party has demonstrated a pattern of domestic or family violence against a family or household member
If there is a chance your Ex will try to manipulate you or the kids with the visitation schedule, put an on-line Parenting Plan in place. Nothing stops the game-playing like a schedule in black and white. Simply tell your Ex that in order for the schedule to be changed, it must be discussed and agreed to; otherwise it is not changing.
Docketing

When a case is ordered to mediation, the case will be placed on the court docket for final hearing. The mediation process must be completed not later than sixty (60) days after the mediation order is entered. However, the sixty (60) day period may be extended by the court upon the court’s own motion, upon agreement of the parties, or upon the recommendation of the mediator, but may not be extended beyond the date set for final hearing. Upon completion of the mediation process, the mediator will promptly file the mediation report.

See our discussion on Mediation

[IC 31-15-9.4-2]

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