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Family Law Mediation

Children in the Middle Programs

Overview of the Mediation Program in the 8th Judicial District (PDF)

How to Prepare for Mediation (PDF)

Mediation Forms

Application for Pro Bono Mediator (PDF)

Application for Waiver of Mediation (PDF)

Other Order Regarding Application to Waive Mediation (PDF)

Family Law Requirements Order (PDF)

Temporary Matter Hearing Order (PDF)

8FLDC for Dissolution of Marriage (with minor children)

8FLDNC for Dissolution of Marriage (without minor children)

8FLR (with minor children other than dissolution of marriage)

Statewide List of Mediators

District 8 List of Mediators

Appanoose County            Jefferson County            Mahaska County            Wapello County

Davis County                     Keokuk County               Monroe County               Washington County

Des Moines County           Lee County                     Poweshiek County

Henry County                    Louisa County                 Van Buren County


Anyone interested in becoming a mediator in the Eighth Judicial District should contact:

Mark Hagist
[email protected]

Documents for Mediators

Certificate of Attendance (PDF)

Stipulation of Assets and Liabilities (PDF)

Children in the Middle

Mandatory Education for Divorcing Parents

Iowa law requires that parties to any action which involves the issues of child custody or visitation must attend a court-approved course about the affects of divorce on children. In all judicial districts, there are courses such as “Children in the Middle or Children Cope with Divorce. These classes are designed to help minimize the negative impact of divorce on children and educate parents about the needs of children whose parents are divorcing.

Parents are required to attend within forty-five days of the service of original notice or application for modification of an order. A final decree shall not be entered until the parties have complied with this requirement, but under certain circumstances attendance can be waived by the court.

Each participant must pay a fee. Other persons, such as grandparents may also attend for a fee. The registration procedure for each provider may vary, so participants should call to get specific information when planning to attend a class.

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