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.
Similar to court referred mediation, self-referred mediation is available upon request of both parties as long as at least one is a Hennepin County resident.
Sliding fee scale for mediation
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.
Sliding fee scale for early neutral evaluation
Custody and 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. Sliding fee scale for facilitated settlement conference
- 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.
Sliding fee scale for custody and/or parenting time evaluation
Brief focused assessment
This program provides an alternative to comprehensive, costly custody/parenting time evaluations by looking for solutions to narrowly defined issues.
Sliding fee scale for brief focused assessment
For more information on any of these services, contact Family Court Services at 612-348-7556.