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Parenting Time/Visitation Mediation

The Dayton Mediation Center works with unmarried or separated parents to provide mediation services geared towards working through a parenting agreement. Individuals may be court-referred or self-referred.

Mediating your parenting plan offers several benefits to parties, including:

  • Confidentiality - Mediation is privileged and confidential and mediators cannot be called to court to testify,

  • Confidence - Your attorneys may still provide you with legal advice if you wish,

  • Control - You control the process, not the court or your attorneys,

  • Communication - Mediation can help improve communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts.


Scheduling a Mediation

Whether you have been referred by the Montgomery County Juvenile Court or are self-referred, you will need to contact the Center to set up a mediation with a Mediation Specialist. During your conversation, you will have the opportunity to talk with a case manager to discuss services. A mediation specialist will listen to the concerns you have about your situation and answer your questions. The staff will work with everyone involved to find an agreeable time and date for your mediation.

Preparing for Mediation

To prepare in advance, think about what would be helpful to have to discuss your situation. If there are specific materials or examples that would add to an explanation, you can bring those items to your mediation.

In addition, before your mediation conversation, it may be helpful to think about the following questions:

  1. What’s the hardest part of this situation for you?

  2. What do you want the other person(s) to understand about you that might help in resolving matters for him/her?

  3. If you could only have one thing come out of your conversation, what would that be?

  4. What are you willing to do to help that happen?

  5. What, if anything, do you want to understand about the other person?

  6. When you start your conversation, do you want to say anything about:

    • The content of your conversation: specific topics to discuss/not to discuss?

    • How you will talk with each other: guidelines or ground rules for your conversation?

    • How much time you want to spend for your conversation and/or if another session is needed?

  7. How confidential do you want/need your conversation with each other to be?

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