Domestic mediation cases include a broad array of family concerns.
The most obvious case type in this category is divorce. CMS is especially attuned to assisting couples who cannot afford an attorney. Divorce mediation generally involves the division of property, debt assignment, spousal support, and custody or parenting time arrangements. Child support is exclusively handled by the Friend of the Court office in the county in which the divorce suit is filed. Couples who agree to mediation can be referred by the court after filing. Another option could be requesting mediation directly from CMS before the divorce action has been filed. This works best if the divorce is non-contentious and the parties are mostly in agreement about their intended outcomes. In this case, the mediator will help the couple resolve any remaining issues and write an agreement which can be provided to the Friend of the Court office when the couple is ready to file. CMS does not mediate divorce cases where domestic violence is an issue and/or a personal protection order is in place for one or both of the parties.