Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice

Symposium on Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation

Convened by AFCC, the American Bar Association Family Law Section and the National Council of Dispute Resolution Organizations

AFCC, in collaboration with the American Bar Association Family Law Section and the National Council of Dispute Resolution Organizations, convened the Symposium on Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation to update existing standards developed in the mid-1980s.  Between 1998 and 2000, three meetings were convened involving representatives from more than thirty organizations resulting in the 2000 Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation. 

Resources

Reporter’s Foreword (PDF)

Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation (PDF)

Convening Organizations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • American Bar Association Section of Family Law
  • National Council of Dispute Resolution Organizations, which includes the following:
    • Academy of Family Mediators
    • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
    • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
    • Conflict Resolution Education Network
    • National Association for Community Mediation
    • National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution
    • Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution

Steering Committee

  • Phil Bushard, DPA
  • Christie Coates, JD
  • Tom Fee, JD, Facilitator
  • Jack Hanna, JD
  • Ann Milne, LCSW
  • Sally Pope, JD
  • Eileen Pruett, JD
  • Andrew Schepard, JD, Reporter
  • Timothy Walker, JD