In 2001, Judge Kovack established the Court’s mediation program. At that time, mediation was an out-of-court activity and an expensive alternative. Mediation is available for all Medina County residents.
- Mediation is a process in which a neutral third-party facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in resolving their differences.
- Mediation is conducted informally in an office setting, rather than a courtroom.
- You are permitted to have your attorney present or available during the mediation, though your attorney’s presence is not required.
Cannot: The mediator cannot and will not mediate over the establishment, modification, or termination of a domestic violence civil protection order. If you have or are subject to an active domestic violence civil protection order, your case may not be accepted for mediation.
- Property: You should bring all documents regarding current values, such as appraisals, bank statements, retirement benefits statements, and receipts when you come to the mediation.
- Debt: You should bring credit card statements and/or current loan balances.
- Child support/spousal support: You should bring copies of income tax returns for that last three years and proof of your current income.
- Child custody: You should bring all information and any documents so as to fully inform the mediator and the other party of your position.
- Mediation allows the parties to create your own agreement that recognizes your own special needs and desires.
- Because mediation is voluntary, either party may terminate the mediation session at any time and for any or no reason.
- Mediation communications are privileged and confidential. The mediator will not disclose the conversations and discussions held in mediation. Unlike testimony and evidence given at trial, mediation conferences are not a matter of public record.
- Mediation can be less costly. Parties do not have to pay court costs nor be represented by attorneys.
- Mediation can lead to a quicker resolution. A successful mediation conference can eliminate the need for pretrial hearings, case manage conferences, and trial.
- Once mediation is scheduled, you and the other party will meet with the Court’s mediator at the Medina County Domestic Relations Court, 99 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Medina, Ohio.
- The mediator will establish guidelines that will help you explain your side of the disputed issue(s).
- The mediator will help you and the other party try to find a common ground upon which you can build a solution to the disputed issue(s).
- If you are unable to find a common ground, the mediator may suggest options or explain how the Court may view the situation.
- This may inspire a more cooperative and creative attitude leading to a solution that you or the other party may not have considered previously.
- If you are still unable to reach an agreement, you will have your day in Court, and the Magistrate or the Judge will decide the disputed issues for you.
- If you reach an agreement, the mediator will prepare a written memorandum for your attorneys.
- The memorandum will set forth the framework for or the basic terms of the agreement.
- If you do not have an attorney, the mediator will prepare a proposed Agreed Judgment Entry for you to review and sign as appropriate.
- The Agreed Judgment Entry, once reviewed and signed by the Judge, will become an Order of the Court.
Domestic Relations Court
99 Public Square, 2nd Floor
Medina, Ohio 44256
Phone (330) 725-9740
Medina Domestic Relations Court Hours are:
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.