RULE 22. Parents Forever, Mediation and Domestic Relations Investigations
- Parents Forever. Unless waived by the court all parents in domestic relations
actions (except for Protection from Abuse and Protection from Stalking, Sexual Assault and
Human Trafficking actions) in which there are minor children shall be required to attend a
“Parents Forever” program. The Parents Forever program track will be determined by the
court. The order will state the track and the time for completion. Parties will contact the
Johnson County Mental Health Department and pay all assessed fees as set forth in the
order. 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 as ordered. The court will issue an order requiring
attendance and directing payment of the fee in a form approved by the Chief Judge.
- Mediation or Domestic 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 court-approved mediation or domestic conciliation through
Domestic Court Services before an evidentiary hearing is held. Upon approval of the court,
the parties may agree upon and engage a private provider approved under Supreme Court
Rules 907 or 908 as applicable.
- Information to Be Provided.
If Domestic Court Services or the Johnson County
Mental Health Department is appointed to provide services pursuant to this rule, counsel,
or the parties if unrepresented (pro se), shall provide the full names, addresses, telephone
numbers (home and work) and email addresses for all the parties to whom services are
- Continuing Mediation and Conciliation Orders.
A provision for mediation or
conciliation through Domestic Court Services shall be continuing for two years from the
date issued. During that time additional orders shall not be necessary unless specifically
requested by a party or required by Domestic Court Services.
- 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 an alternative court approved program.
- Mediation, Higher Ground, Domestic Conciliation, Expedited Child Interviews
and Family Assessments. All court orders for Mediation, Higher Ground, Domestic
Conciliation, Expedited Child Interviews and Family Assessments shall be issued in a form
approved by the Chief Judge.
COURT APPROVED FORMS