MARRIAGE AND FAMILY MEDIATION


1. Parenting Plan Mediation
2. Divorce Mediation
3. Other Family Issues and/or Disagreements



1. Parenting Plans
  • If you need to create a new Parenting Plan, or update an existing Parenting Plan The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties is available to help.

How Parenting Plan Mediations Work
  • Call the DRC at 360-532-8950 let the staff know that you are interested in creating a parenting plan or updating your current parenting plan. The staff member will ask you a few questions, gather your contact information, let you know the fee schedule, and give you the information you need to proceed.

What to Bring to the Parenting Plan Mediation
  • New Parenting Plan: Please bring an open mind about what might work best for your child(ren) to the Mediation table; in other words, consider the best interest of your child(ren) above all other feelings.The DRC will provide the Parenting Plan packet during the Mediation.You will be able to present the completed Parenting Plan to the court after it is filled out. If you received a Parenting Plan packet with your divorce papers it will be helpful to look that over before the Mediation begins, so you will understand what you must work out with your child(ren's) other parent during the Mediation.

  • Update an Existing Parenting Plan: Again please bring an open mind-considering what is in the best interest of your child(ren) above all other issues. It might be helpful to bring your existing Parenting Plan to the mediation table.The DRC will provide a new Parenting Plan packet during the Mediation.You will be able to present the completed Parenting Plan to the court after it is filled out.

Fees for Parenting Plan Mediations
  • Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income; the DRC staff member will provide this information to you during your initial phone conversation.
  • Fees must be paid before the Mediation can be scheduled.



2. Divorce Mediation:
  • If you are experiencing a divorce the DRC can help you work through the issues and interests involved in your situation, big or small.

How Divorce Mediation Works
  • Call the DRC at 360-532-8950 let the staff know that you are interested in a Mediation for your divorce. The staff member will ask you a few questions, gather your contact information, let you know the fee schedule, and give you the information you need to proceed.

What will Happen During the Divorce Mediation
  • Issues about division of property, in other words who gets what, are the main topics in Divorce Mediation. The DRC does not help fill out Divorce Papers; Divorce Mediation is for working through the issues and interests of the divorcing people.

What to Bring to a Divorce Mediation
  • Please bring your ideas about how property and other important issues should be settled; be ready to discuss these issues frankly with the other party. You are welcome to bring your divorce papers; however, you do not need to bring divorce papers to the mediation; filling out divorce papers will not be part of the Mediation process. If bringing them will help you remember what you would like to work through, then by all means bring them to the mediation table.

Fees for Divorce Mediation
  • Fees are based on a sliding scale according to income; the DRC staff member will provide this information to you during your initial phone conversation.
  • Fees must be paid before the Divorce Mediation can be scheduled.
   
Note: Normally, a Parenting Plan Mediation and a Divorce Mediation take place in separate Mediation sessions.

3. Other Family Issues and/or Disagreements

  • What to do about an elderly parent who can no longer care for his/her self.

  • What to do about a family inheritance.

  • All other issue that may arise in any family situation that cause disagreement, worry, and/or friction...