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Divorce and Family Mediation

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    Mediation in the domestic/divorce arena combines a thorough understanding of the basic skills of mediation with the substantive knowledge of the relevant issues on divorce such as custody, visitation, support and property division.  The student will receive education and training that will explore these areas as well as provide the necessary educational requirements to comply with the standard divorce/domestic mediation certification. This course was developed to comply with the Ohio Supreme Court requirements for a 40 hour divorce mediation course.

    The Supreme Court of Ohio has established specific guidelines for qualifications for family court mediators.   Rule 16 sets forth some basic requirements for family mediators that are applicable to many kinds of mediation. Specifically, it requires that mediators who mediate allocation of parenting responsibilities have :


    • A bachelor's degree or equivalent education,
    • Two years of professional experience with families, and
    • Completion of a basic 12 hour mediation course (or equivalent mediation experience) followed by a 40 hour, specialized family or divorce mediation training. The 40 hour course must be approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
    • Completion of a 2 day domestic abuse issues course offered by the Supreme Court of Ohio is required for anyone receiving referrals from a juvenile or domestic relations court where there is a local rule providing for mediation.
    • Local courts may require observation of and mentoring with experienced mediators, continuing education for mediators and that those mediators maintain malpractice insurance coverage.


    Persons seeking the 40 hour Supreme Court of Ohio court-approved training, plus anyone who wants to develop a comprehensive set of skills for divorce and family mediation.

    Prerequisite:  Minimum of a basic 12 hour mediation course (40 hour course preferred)


    Competencies:    Participants will gain the following competencies:

    •  Recognize the myriad of emotional issues that may surface in divorce & family mediation

    •  Screen for appropriateness of mediation, including ability to screen for domestic violence

    •  Recognize/understand the substantive issues pertinent to divorce & family mediations

    •  Develop skills of problem solving between the parties, especially in areas of divorce, including, but not limited to parenting, support, division of assets/liabilities, tax, retirement, etc

    •  Understand the importance of working with legal counsel as well as other professionals

    •  Recognize the limits of the mediator and the trappings of the "unauthorized practice of law"

    •  Understand the court referred mediation process

    •  Know the factors to consider in developing a family mediation practice


    Lead Faculty:  

    Thomas J. Addesa, Adjunct Professor