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Parental Mediation & Parenting Classes

Parent Mediation Services

The Jackson County Circuit Court believes that people who work cooperatively to reach a solution are more likely to honor the agreement and work together.
Therefore, the Circuit Court requires the use of mediation services to attempt to resolve child custody and parenting time issues. (Adopted in Supplementary Local Rule (SLR) 8.013(4))
The first step is to file a Motion for Mediation, which will lead to a mediation appointment being Ordered for you and the other party.
Prior to your mediation appointment, you must complete Mediation Orientation by watching the "Intro to Mediation" video below:   
DCJ - Family Court Services Mediation - An Intro to Mediation 4-8-11 from DCJ Website Coordinator on Vimeo.
Please also complete the Mediation Questionnaire prior to your Mediation Appointment.

For more information, please contact the allocated Court Mediator from the Mediation Program:

        Gloria Kastenberg at 541-776-7171 ext. 35226

        Monty Walters a541-776-7171 ext. 35207

Parenting Classes

If you are involved in a child custody case, you are required to attend a parenting class. This applies whether you are a party to a divorce (dissolution of marriage) or are an unmarried parent (see Jackson County Circuit Court SLR 8.013).
The parenting class talks about how changing relationships may affect your children and what you can do to help your children. Download the Parenting Class Information Sheet
Effective January 1, 2019, Jackson County will no longer offer an in-person Parenting Class. Participants must complete the online Parenting Class shown below.

Online Parenting Class

The Jackson County Circuit Court has designated "Children in Between" as the only approved on-line parenting class. Children in Between was developed by The Center for Divorce Education. There are many online parenting class providers that state they are "approved" in Oregon on their website. They have not been approved by this Court.