Mediation can be used as a way of resolving a dispute prior to filing a court action, or at any time during the court case. There are private mediators in the area who can be obtained to help you resolve your dispute.
After a case is filed with the court, there are some mediation options and programs in place. If your case is filed in circuit court and it is $50,000 or under and the only claim is for money or damages, the case will qualify for court-connected mediation. The cost is $75.00 per hour, not to exceed 4 hours per case. The parties share the cost and the fee is to be paid directly to the mediator.
Domestic Relation cases will use mediation if child custody issues need to be resolved. Parties will be referred to the Family Mediation Program ADAPT. There is no additional cost for this service.
Forced Entry Detainer cases (eviction) will be offered court-connected mediation at the time of the first appearance. There is no additional cost.
All Small Claims cases will be referred to a mediation orientation where the parties will be given the option to mediate their cases. There is no additional cost.