New Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Policy:
Effective January 1, 2020 a new Friend of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) policy will go into effect. This new policy is set forth in a Local Administrative Order approved by the State Court Administrative Office, and was developed to be in compliance with a new Michigan Court Rule, MCR 3.224.
The intent of the new court rule was to improve the FOC ADR procedures, create uniformity of the ADR processes provided by the various Friend of the Court offices throughout the state, and to expedite the Friend of the Court ADR process.
Highlights of the new ADR procedures include the following:
The prior Conciliation Conference will be replaced by a Facilitation Information Gathering Conference (or FIG Conference for short). Additional FOC ADR processes will include Joint Meetings and Domestic Relations Mediation.
- Time lines for FOC Investigators issuing proposed interim orders following the FIG Conference have been expedited.
- Time lines for FOC Investigators issuing recommendations and recommended orders following referrals for investigations and joint meetings have been expedited.
- Specific guidelines and tools for screening and addressing domestic violence, protective orders, and CPS involvement to protect parties.
- Facilitation and Encouragement for attorneys to participate in all FOC ADR processes.
- Policies and provisions to object to ADR participation and ADR interim and proposed orders.
To read or print a copy of the new EATON COUNTY FRIEND OF THE COURT MCR 3.224 ADR LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER, CLICK HERE.