Hennepin County's Family Court Services division works with the Fourth Judicial District Family Court to assist families in resolving custody and parenting time disputes.
What we do
- Court referred mediation — State qualified mediators assist families in resolving child custody and parenting time disputes with the goal of reducing conflict and court involvement.
- Self-referred mediation — Similar to court referred mediation, but available upon request of both parties as long at least one is a Hennepin County resident.
- Early neutral evaluation — This short-term, court-ordered process provides parents with a team of evaluators who provide confidential evaluative feedback on custody and parenting time concerns and who assist in settlement of those issues.
- Custody and / or parenting time evaluation — A neutral evaluator does an in-depth examination of the families' custody and parenting time disputes and makes recommendations via an oral or written report. Settlement options during the evaluation may include:
- Facilitated settlement conference — A court ordered process in which a neutral second evaluator will listen to the results of the evaluation and assist parties and their attorneys to explore settlement options.
- Settlement conference — A conference held by the evaluator to provide the parties and their attorneys an opportunity to review the evaluation outcome and explore settlement options..
- Brief focused assessment pilot program — This program provides an alternative to comprehensive, costly custody/parenting time evaluations by looking for solutions to narrowly defined issues.
For more information on any of these services, contact Family Court Services at 612-348-7556.
Family Court Services does not provide legal advice or address financial issues like child support. For more information on these issues, you can use one of the following self-help programs: