Nathaline Freener Program Supervisor
Nathaline Frener
Program Supervisor

Address
151 W. 7th Ave.
Suite 360
Eugene, OR 97401

Phone
541-682-3962

Fax
541-682-3025

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm
(closed for the lunch hour)

Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Family Mediation Program 

 
The Family Mediation Program (FMP) provides information and referrals, parent education classes, mediation orientation classes, and custody and parenting time mediation.



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Click here to find out more about FMP's FAMILY CHECK-UP. An incentive of up to $150 (in gift cards) per family will be available.

Information and Referral

 

FMP provides information and referral to parents involved in domestic relations matters. Parents can telephone our office or walk in to find out about our services, register for mediation and parent education, apply for financial assistance to attend the parent education class, and learn about other agencies and resources dealing with domestic relations matters. 

 

 

 

 

Custody and Parenting Time Mediation

FMP provides custody and parenting time mediation. In mediation, parents meet with a professional, court-approved, domestic relations mediator to develop a custody and parenting time schedule that works for the children and for both parents. The mediator guides discussions but does not take sides or make decisions. Mediation is voluntary, confidential, and impartial.

Parents who make joint decisions about their children in mediation avoid the uncertainty and expense of having a judge decide their future.  Parents are more likely to be satisfied with a parenting plan they create than one that is imposed on them by the Court. And children benefit greatly if they see both parents working cooperatively to plan for their future.

Mediation:

 

  • helps parents plan for their children's future in a supportive setting
  • increases trust and improves communication between parents
  • helps parents to develop new skills to handle future disagreements

Mediation services are available to parents of children under 18 where the parents are:

  • Residents of Lane County who 1) are parties in a domestic relations action in Lane County; or 2) would like assistance in developing a mediated parenting plan (even if parents do not have an active court case);
     
  • Not residents of Lane County but who are 1) parties in a domestic relations action filed in Lane County; or 2) would like assistance in developing a mediated parenting plan with another person who is a resident of Lane County (even if parents do not have an active court case).

There is no charge for mediation services, however parents must first attend Focus on Children before mediation will be scheduled.

 

Focus on Children (click here to register)

 

Focus on Children is a one-time, three-hour class that:

  • helps parents respond to their children’s needs and minimizes the negative impacts of divorce and separation
  • addresses parents’ rights and responsibilities, custody, and parenting time
  • addresses family adjustments to new living arrangements
  • explains the advantages of using mediation as a way to develop or modify a parenting plan (custody and parenting time schedule)

Class attendance:

  • enables parents (both with and without an active court case) to access free custody and parenting time mediation at the Family Mediation Program
  • fulfills the mandatory parent education program and the mandatory mediation requirements (Lane County Circuit Court Local Rules 8.012 and 12.001, respectively)

Attendance at Focus on Children is required by the Court if you are the parent of a child under 18 and you are a party in a Lane County:

  • dissolution (divorce)
  • legal separation
  • legal action to establish custody and/or parenting time
  • post-judgment litigation to modify custody and/or parenting time

Attendance at Focus on Children is also required if you would like access to free custody and parenting time mediation at the Family Mediation Program but do not have an active court case.

 

The classes are held weekly, and there is a fee to attend.


Resources
Parenting Plans
AFCC Planning for Shared Parenting, A Guide for Parents Living Apart
Planning for Parenting Time
Guidebook for Parents Wishing to Reunite with their Children
Children's Jobs & Needs: What Parents Can Do

Oregon Links

OJD Family Law
Oregon State Bar Custody and Parenting Time
OJD Words I Need to Know
Oregon Child Support Program

Lane County Resources
Family Court Assistance Office
Family Court Assistance Office - Approved Forms for Lane County
8 Step Roadmap to Dissolution (Divorce)
Parenting Now! Resource Poster (English)
Parenting Now! Resource Poster (Spanish)
Two Families Now Worksheets