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Parents Forever, Mediation and Domestic Relations Investigations
 
1. Parents Forever Unless waived by the court all parents in domestic relations actions (except for Protection from Abuse and Protection from Stalking actions) in which there are minor children shall be required to attend "Parents Forever" within thirty (30) days of service of process or the entry of an appearance by the respondent. No case shall proceed to final hearing until the parties have complied with this rule provided, however, that nothing in this rule shall preclude the finalization of orders requested by the Department of Children and Families. In actions to establish the parentage of a child the parents shall attend within thirty (30) days of the entry of the order establishing parentage. The court will issue an order requiring attendance and directing payment of the fee in a form approved by the Chief Judge.
 
2. Mediation or Conciliation Required. Unless waived by the court or on a motion to modify an ex parte temporary order (which is required by K.S.A. 23-2707(b) or 23-3219(b) to be heard within 14 days), any disputes concerning the legal custody of a child, parenting time, or visitation arising from a motion to modify a pre-existing parenting plan must be submitted to a court-appointed mediator or conciliation through Domestic Court Services or another court approved conciliator before an evidentiary hearing is held. Upon approval of the court, the parties may agree upon and engage a private mediator under Supreme Court Rule 902.
 
3. Information to Be Provided to Domestic Court Services If Domestic Court Services is appointed to provide services pursuant to this rule, counsel, or the parties if self-represented (pro se), shall provide the full names, addresses, telephone numbers (home and work) and email addresses for all the parties to whom services are provided.
 
4. Continuing Mediation and Conciliation Orders A provision for mediation or conciliation through Domestic Court Services shall be continuing and additional orders shall not be necessary unless specifically requested by a party or required by Domestic Court Services.
 
5. Ex Parte Motion for Mediation In post-decree matters either party may make an ex parte request for the issuance of an order for mediation to resolve any disputes concerning the provisions of an existing permanent or temporary parenting plan. An ex parte motion may be denied if the requesting party has not previously complied with orders to attend Parents Forever or its predecessor General Responsibilities as Separating Parents (GRASP).
 
6. Mediation, Solid Ground, Higher Ground, Conciliation, Expedited Child Interviews and Family Assessments All court orders for Mediation, Solid Ground, Higher Ground, Conciliation, Expedited Child Interviews and Family Assessments shall be issued in a form approved by the Chief Judge.
 
 
COURT APPROVED MEDIATION ORDER FORM
 
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY
KANSAS CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
 
In the Matter of
 
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
 
ORDER FOR MEDIATION
 
     NOW on this _______day of _______________, 20___ the Court finds that issues are pending concerning a parenting plan for parties’ minor child(ren) and that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) for the parties to mediate the issues prior to any adversarial hearing before the Court. Therefore mediation is ordered.
 
     A mediation fee of $150.00 shall be paid by the parties as follows: Petitioner shall pay $____ and Respondent shall pay $____ within 14 days of the filing of this order. The Court reserves the right to reapportion, reduce or waive this fee if justified. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the Court Trustee’s office or by mail at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, KS 66061 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number, return address and designate that this payment is for mediation fees. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any further hearing relating to the issues of the mediation or finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay the fee or failure to participate in good faith at the mediation may constitute Contempt of Court or could otherwise result in the Court assessing fines, attorney fees or other costs related to this order.
 
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
 
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the parties mediate the pending issues with Domestic Section of Court Services at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS 66061. Additional information may be obtained at http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_dom.aspx or by calling (913)715-7400.
 
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ____________________________ Phone no. ____________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
 
 
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
Phone no. ____________________________ Phone no. ____________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
 

 
 
 
COURT APPROVED SOLID GROUND ORDER FORM
   
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
 
In the Matter of  
   
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
   
ORDER TO ATTEND SOLID GROUND
   
     Now on this _______ day of _____________, 20___ the Court finds that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) for the parties to attend Johnson County District Court Services, "Solid Ground: Skills for Cooperative Parenting."
   
      The Solid Ground fee of $150.00 shall be paid as follows: Petitioner shall pay $______ and Respondent shall pay $______ within 14 days of the filing of this order. The Court reserves the right to reapportion, reduce or waive this fee if justified. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the Court Trustee’s office or by mail at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, KS 66061 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number, return address, and designate that this payment is for the Solid Ground fee. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay the fee or failure to attend and/or participate in good faith in Solid Ground may constitute Contempt of Court or could otherwise result in the Court assessing fines, attorney fees or other costs relating to this order.
   
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the parties the next session of Solid Ground at Domestic Section of Court Services at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS 66061. Additional information may be obtained at http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_dom.aspx or by calling (913)715-7400.
   
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. ___________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
_____________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   

   
   
COURT APPROVED HIGHER GROUND ORDER FORM
   
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
   
In the Matter of  
   
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
   
ORDER TO ATTEND HIGHER GROUND
   
     Now on this _______ day of ________________, 20___ the Court finds that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) for the parties to attend Johnson County District Court Services, "Higher Ground: Skills for Cooperative Parenting."
   
      The Higher Ground fee of $300.00 shall be paid as follows: Father shall pay $______and Mother shall pay $______ within 14 days of the filing of this order. The Court reserves the right to reapportion, reduce or waive this fee if justified. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the Court Trustee’s office or by mail at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, KS 66061 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number, return address and designate that this payment is for the Higher Ground fee. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay the fee or failure to attend and/or participate in good faith in Higher Ground may constitute Contempt of Court or could otherwise result in the Court assessing fines, attorney fees or other costs relating to this order.
   
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the parties attend the next session of Higher Ground at Domestic Section of Court Services at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS 66061. Additional information may be obtained at http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_dom.aspx or by calling (913)715-7400.
   
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. ___________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   

   
   
COURT APPROVED CONCILIATION FORM
   
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
   
In the Matter of  
   
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
   
ORDER FOR CONCILIATION
   
     NOW on this _______day of _______________, 20___ the Court finds that issues are pending concerning a parenting plan for parties’ minor child(ren) and that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) for the parties to engage in conciliation prior to any adversarial hearing before the Court. Therefore conciliation is ordered. Any reports to the court shall be subject to K.S.A. 23-3210.
   
      A conciliation fee of $200.00 shall be paid by the parties as follows: Petitioner shall pay $100.00 and Respondent shall pay $100.00 within 14 days of the filing of this order. The Court reserves the right to reapportion, reduce or waive this fee if justified. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the Court Trustee’s office or by mail at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, KS 66061 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number, return address and designate that this payment is for mediation fees. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any further hearing relating to the issues of the conciliation or finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay the fee or failure to participate in good faith at the conciliation may constitute Contempt of Court or could otherwise result in the Court assessing fines, attorney fees or other costs related to this order.
   
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the parties attend participate in conciliation with Domestic Section of Court Services at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS 66061. Additional information may be obtained at http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_dom.aspx or by calling (913)715-7400.
   
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. ___________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
_____________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. ___________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   

   
   
COURT APPROVED CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION ORDER FORM
   
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
   
In the Matter of  
   
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
   
ORDER FOR CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATION
   
     Now on this ____ day of ____________, 20___ the Court finds that issues are pending concerning custody or residential placement of the parties’ minor child(ren) and that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) to have a (full) (limited) child custody evaluation with report to the Court prior to a hearing.
   
      A custody evaluation fee shall be paid as follows: Petitioner shall pay $_________ and Respondent shall pay $___________ within ____ days of the date of this order. The Court reserves the right to reallocate payment of this fee in a different proportion. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the 4th floor of the Johnson County Courthouse or by mail at P.O. Box 760, Olathe, KS 66051-0760 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number and designate that this payment is for child custody evaluation fees. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any further hearing relating to custody or finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay this fee may also be considered Contempt of Court.
   
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, that the parties contact the Domestic Section of Court Services, 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 715-7400 within 2 business days, and that the parties shall cooperate with Court Services which shall complete a child custody evaluation with report to the Court.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the parties the next session of Solid Ground at Domestic Section of Court Services at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS 66061. Additional information may be obtained at http://courts.jocogov.org/cs_dom.aspx or by calling (913)715-7400.
   
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. __________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. _________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   

   
   
COURT APPROVED FAMILY ASSESSMENT ORDER FORM
   
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT
   
In the Matter of  
   
__________________________________________
Petitioner.
Case No. _______________________________
and Division No. 1
__________________________________________
Respondent.
 
   
ORDER FOR FAMILY ASSESSMENT
   
     Now on this ____ day of ____________, 20___ the Court finds that issues are pending concerning custody or residential placement of the parties’ minor child(ren) and that it would be in the best interest of the minor child(ren) to have a (full) (limited) family assessment with report to the Court prior to a hearing. Reports to the court shall be subject to K.S.A. 23-3210. If a limited family assessment is ordered the issues to be assessed are as follows:

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________.
   
      A family assessment fee shall be paid as follows: Petitioner shall pay $_________ and Respondent shall pay $___________ within ____ days of the date of this order. The Court reserves the right to reallocate payment of this fee in a different proportion. All fee payments shall be paid to the District Court Trustee in person at the Court Trustee’s office or by mail at 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 3000, Olathe, KS 66061 (913-715-3600). If payment is mailed, you must include your case number on the cashier’s check or money order and designate that this payment is for family assessment fees. Upon payment, the Trustee shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file. All fees must be paid prior to any further hearing relating to custody or finalization of this matter by order, decree or journal entry. Failure to pay this fee may also be considered Contempt of Court.
   
      If you are in need of an interpreter, please call (913)715-7590. Si necesita un intérprete por favor llame al (913)715-7590. If you are in need of a sign language interpreter, please call (913)715-7400.
   
      IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, that Domestic Section of Court Services, 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 715-7400 will complete a family assessment with report to the Court as authorized by and subject to K.S.A. 23-3210 and that the parties shall cooperate with Court Services. Failure to comply with this order may constitute Contempt of Court or could otherwise result in the Court assessing fines, attorney fees or other costs relating to this order.
   
 
____________________________________
Keven M.P. O'Grady
___________________________________________
Attorney for Petitioner
Petitioner's Address
___________________________________________ _____________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. __________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
___________________________________________
Attorney for Respondent
Respondent's Address
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Phone no. _________________________ Phone no. __________________________
Email: _____________________________________ Email: _____________________________________
   
   
   
Phone: (913) 715-3300 Johnson County District Court
100 N. Kansas Ave.
Olathe, Kansas  66061
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