Montana Divorce Mediation

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Process of Montana Divorce Mediation

The parties have the right to submit a request to the Court to issue orders for mediation. Alternatively, the District Court may order the parties at any time to take part in the mediation of the case. If the parties accede to undergo mediation, then either the parties or the representatives of the parties must be present at the mediation sessions to settle the case.

Role of Montana Mediation Association in Montana Divorce Mediation

The objectives of Montana Mediation Association are to-

  • Endorse the development and professional growth of mediation programs and mediators
  • Define the standards of ethics, qualifications and competency for professional mediators in this state
  • Present meaningful data, pertaining to mediation, to the general public, the Courts, the Legislature and other interested professionals with the aim of enhancing acceptance and public understanding of mediation
  • Promote mediation as well as other voluntary collaborative methods of resolution of disputes

On 5th December 1997, the Montana Mediation Association Design Group held its first formal meeting. This meeting was attended by members of the discussion group which was meeting informally for the past four years called as Montana Consensus Roundtable and members of the State Bar Committee on Mediator Qualifications. The Bylaws approved the Montana Mediation Association in December 1998. Since then, the organization has progressed in the following ways-

  • Membership has gradually increased
  • Annual conferences have been organized and these have received good reviews
  • Educational outreach programs have been started
  • Standards of Practice have been determined

One very impressive aspect regarding this organization is that it has been constructed completely by volunteers who believe in the Principles of consensual and informed resolution of disputes.

Break of privacy regarding mediation

As per law, the process of mediation is confidential and protected. A mediator is not supposed to disclose the communication in mediation to other people outside. Also, the mediator cannot testify in Court the contents of mediation. However, these privacy rules have an exception. This break in privacy may take place when there is a statement or threat to commit a crime or cause bodily injury.

Basic Mediation Training

The training program for basic mediation can be attended by anybody who intends in acquiring and developing the necessary techniques and skills for successful mediation. This program extends over 5 days and is spread over 40 hours. There are 2 segments in this program. The first 4 days are devoted to Class and there is a later 5th day.

Membership in the Montana Mediation Association

There are 3 types of membership in the Montana Mediation Association, named as-

  • Full
  • Associate
  • Student

The applicant must fulfill the following conditions to acquire Full Membership-

  • The Association's Standards of Practice must be met with
  • Make a subscription to the Ethical Guidelines for Full Members of the Association
  • Must be interested in promoting the aims of the Association
  • Must complete a membership application
  • Must promptly pay the annual dues and assessments

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