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Family Law Mediation



Based just north of downtown Indianapolis in Broad Ripple, the mediators at Cairns Law can assist you in resolving your family law issues without going to court, saving you both time and money.

Our experienced and trained mediators help you create agreements that work for you and your family without the need to go to court. Our mediators work with you to explore options, help you obtain the information you need to reach agreements, and keep you in control of your family’s future. As experienced family law litigators in Central Indiana, our family law mediators know what it means to be placed at the mercy of the court system; let them assist you in avoiding the time, expense, and heartache that inevitably results from a trial.

You do not need an attorney to participate in family law mediation. If you are involved in a family law case and have decided not to hire an attorney of your own, the family law mediators at Cairns Law can still mediate your case. It’s important to keep in mind that mediators cannot provide legal advice, but they can assist both parties in resolving the case.

Family or divorce mediation is a process where you and the opposing party try to work out your dispute without going to court. If successful, the process results in a signed agreement that is filed with the court and enforceable. Generally speaking, mediation is far less expensive than litigation. The process is confidential and scheduled at your convenience.

If you have more questions about family or divorce mediation with Cairns Law, call (317)632-4711 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you to schedule.


Unless the parties agree in advance, mediation is paid equally by each party. The mediators at Cairns Law charge $150/hour for mediation (so each party would pay $75/hour). There are no minimum hours required and our mediators pride themselves on being efficient. Each party pays a retainer of $200 prior to mediation, which covers the first two hours of mediation and the administrative fee of $50 per party. If the mediation goes beyond two hours, the parties are required to pay for the additional hours at the close of mediation.


For divorce cases, we find that the following documents are the most important to bring with you to mediation with respect to assets and liabilities:

  • Statements for all asset accounts (bank, retirement, investment, etc.) showing balances as of the date your case was first filed with the court, as well as current balances.

  • Statements for all debts (credit cards, mortgages, car loans, etc.) showing balances as of the date your case was first filed with the court, as well as current balances.

  • Any property appraisals you may have (real estate, jewelry, etc.). Be aware, however, that appraised values for purposes of divorce can differ greatly from appraised values for insurance purposes, or real estate assessed values. Depending on your case, you may need to obtain separate appraisals for purposes of your divorce.

For any case involving child support, the following should be brought to mediation:

  • Paystubs for each party.

  • Tax returns for the prior year or two.

  • A history of child support paid to date, if relevant.

  • Prior child support orders, including most importantly child support worksheets

For child related issues generally, it is helpful to brainstorm prior to mediation about the details of any parenting agreement that may be worked out at mediation. This goes far beyond specific parenting time orders. Some questions to explore before mediation include:

  • Child care: if your children are not in school, are they going to continue at their child care provider? what will happen when the children start school? who will provide care for the children when they are sick? how will the cost for child care be divided?

  • Exchanges: how will parenting time exchanges occur? where will the occur? what time will they occur?

  • Holidays: How will holidays and extended school breaks will be divided? who will provide care for the children during breaks from school?

  • Communication: how do you want to communicate with your co-parent? how do you want the children to communicate when they are at the other parent’s home?

  • Extra-curricular activities: how will you agree regarding future activities?

Some other topics to think about prior to mediation include accommodating time spent with extended family, religious upbringing, sharing of clothing and personal belongings, and responsibility for expenses such as school books, school lunches, etc.

In your particular case, it may not make sense to address some of these specific issues in your written agreement. However, it always makes sense to raise issues about which you are concerned so that the family law mediator can address the issues with the other side.

Contact us today to schedule a family law mediation

The experienced family law mediators at Cairns Law can help you create agreements that work for you and your family. Our mediation services are offered in Broad Ripple. Our facilities provide ample room to mediate without the adverse parties having to be in the same room. We also offer complimentary snacks, beverages, and wifi during the process. Our family mediators can help you avoid the time, expense, and heartache that inevitably results from litigation. Contact us at (317)632-4711 to schedule your mediation or complete our contact form and we will call you. Our family and divorce mediators provide services to clients throughout Indiana, including but not limited to: Marion County, Johnson County, Hamilton County, Boone County, Hendricks County; Madison County, and Wayne County. We will mediate any case in Indiana if the parties are willing to travel to our offices.