Many people use mediation as an option to resolve their dispute. A mediator is there to manage a future-focused, problem-solving conversation in order to create a plan for your child/ren’s future. Mediation has many benefits:
No cost. Mediation is free for the public and paid for by the Commonwealth.
Faster resolution. Your case can be scheduled for mediation relatively soon after filing. This can also mean less stress caused by the uncertainty of the outcome of the court process.
Parents construct an agreement together; having maximum control over decisions about their children’s future.
Once a Judge reviews the mediated agreement, it can be signed and is considered an enforceable order of the court.
In all appropriate custody, visitation, and support cases, the Court must refer parties to mediation (as required by Virginia law).
Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations (J&DR) District Court has an in-house mediation coordinator to direct the mediation process in all appropriate custody, visitation, and support cases before the Court. Mediation is free for the public and paid for by the Commonwealth. You will be contacted by the Court's Mediation Coordinator after the Clerk's Office processes your case. If you have any questions about mediation, please contact Jennifer Phillips, mediation coordinator, at 804-706-2678.