When parents disagree on a parenting plan, mediation helps them to resolve the conflict.
- Mediation is confidential and involves both parents meeting one or more times with a social worker.
- Parents are encouraged to focus on the needs of their children and put aside the conflicts they have.
- Each parent has an equal role in decision-making during the mediation process.
- As a neutral party, the mediator works with the parents to find areas of agreement for the parenting plan.
- Agreements reached are drafted by the mediator and provided to the parents and/or attorneys.
Mediation services are required for parents who disagree about their parenting plan. Parents may be ordered to participate in mediation by the court, may be referred to mediation by completing a "Confirmation of Issues" in a family law action, or may request mediation of their existing parenting plans by completing a "Co-Petition for Mediation," available from Family Court Services. If you will be participating in mediation, you must complete the appropriate Mediation Questionnaire (links below) and send it to the address on the form before your case is assigned to a mediator. All mediation referrals are screened for appropriateness for service.
Mediation Questionnaire - Seattle
Mediation Questionnaire - Kent