The Deschutes County Circuit Court believes that people who work together to reach a solution for child custody and parenting time issues are more likely to honor the agreement and work cooperatively within the agreement. Therefore, the Circuit Court has adopted Supplementary Local Rule 12.015
(SLR) which requires the use of mediation services to make an initial attempt to resolve issues related to child custody and parenting time.
You should read the complete text SLR 12.015 to fully understand what is required under the Rule.
For more information about Parental Mediation Services, please visit Mediation in Family Law Cases
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If you would like to participate in Parental Mediation Services, please contact the Oregon Mediation Association
to identify a mediator who meets your needs. Some mediators might offer remote mediation services. The parties in the case are responsible for any costs associated with Parental Mediation Services.
The Parental Mediation Service is different from Small Claims and FED (Forcible Entry and Detainer or Landlord-Tennant) Mediation Services which are directly managed by the Court.