What is Mediation?

“Mediation” is a structured process in which the parties work with a mediator to negotiate a voluntary agreement.

What is the Mediator’s Role?

A mediator is a person who facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute. Mediators receive special training in order to be qualified to conduct mediations. The mediator must remain impartial and neutral during their involvement on the case.

Mediators are not judges or magistrates, and they do not weigh who is right or wrong. The purpose of mediation is to explore possible solutions.

Which Cases Are Mediated?

The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court offers mediation services for parties who are involved in child custody matters. The Mediation Department at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court consists of experienced and trained mediators.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

  • Keep litigation costs to a minimum
  • Work together for the best interests of the child
  • Come to a quick resolution of the case
  • Have the flexibility to do what is best for your family’s needs
  • Keep your situation private


Local Rule 43

Ohio’s Uniform Mediation Act

Continuance Form

Contact Information
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