Working Through Family Issues with Alternative Dispute Resolution, Part II – Custody Evaluations and Parenting Conferences


In Part I, we covered Arizona’s Motion for Mediation and Motion for ADR Settlement Conference. In this Part II, we’ll introduce two additional ADR services used in family law cases with children: the Motion for Parenting Conference and the Motion for Custody Evaluation.


One of the primary differences between mediation and a custody evaluation is confidentiality. Mediation, which is confidential, involves a neutral mediator who hears each parent’s case and assists the parties in reaching a voluntary agreement -- sometimes the parents reach agreement, and sometimes they don’t. In contrast, custody evaluations are not confidential -- the evaluator reports his or her recommendations to the judge in the family law case.

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