Resources for Professionals

Mediation Center and the Minnesota Collaborative Dispute Resolution Project have provided the resources on this page for ADR, Family Social Sciences, family court and other professionals.

The Minnesota Collaborative Dispute Resolution Project first convened in 2012 and consisted of Minnesota members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Minnesota Chapter members of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Mediation Center in affiliation with Hamline University, and Parenting Consultants (PCs), Parenting Time Expeditors (PTEs) and family court professionals. The Collaborative sought to clarify the roles of PCs and PTEs, and their goal was to create and provide tools for attorneys, judges and ADR professionals that represent high standards of practice for PCs and PTEs. The Collaborative carried out this goal by providing these resources on Mediation Center's website. In 2013, the Collaborative convened again to develop resources for those interested in Child Inclusive Mediation, an expanding field of mediation. The Collaborative convened once more in 2016, to update the resources to reflect changes in the field.

Mediation Center’s website will now host the resources previously found on

This work is designed as a starting point; feel free to use and revise as best fits your needs. Any use or reliance on this work is at your risk. The authors have not provided you with any legal advice, and you should consult an attorney in your jurisdiction. Be sure to delete the comments before using the resources. Please e-mail suggestions for improvement to with the subject “PC/PTE Resources”. Periodic updates will be posted on this website. The resources were most recently updated in 2016.

Parenting Consultant

A Parenting Consultant is an individual agreed upon by the parties and court ordered to work with divorcing parents. The process includes attempts to facilitate agreement, coaching and deciding. PC decisions are binding on the parties.

Provisions of the forms below may be changed. However, changes to the essential characteristics of parenting consulting are discouraged. Any use or reliance on the forms is at your own risk; you should consult an attorney in your jurisdiction for legal advice.


PC Model Court Order

PC Model Contract

AFCC Guidelines for PCs

Parenting Time Expeditor

A Parenting Time Expeditor is an individual appointed pursuant to Minnesota Statute 518.1751 to assist parents with parenting time disputes and uses a mediation-arbitration process to resolve disputes raised by the parties. The process is confidential, as defined by the statute.


PTE Model Court Order

PTE Model Contract

Child Inclusive Mediation

Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM) is a mediation process in which a Child Consultant pairs with a Mediator. The role of Child Consultant is to understand the children from the perspective of the parents AND the children, to identify their unique divorce stressors, and to provide guidance to parents in addressing stressors.

CIM Information

CIM Child Consultant Guidelines

CIM Model Fee Agreement for Child Consultant

CIM Model Safe Harbor Agreement for Child Consultant

Child Custody Evaluation

A Child Custody Study or Evaluation is a process where a qualified professional assesses the best interests of a child or children and makes recommendations to the court as to parenting arrangements that best meet the children’s needs. The court then determines the legal and physical custody of the child or children. Mediation Center and members of the Collaborative recognize the need for standardization in the Child Custody Evaluation process and are working towards the development of “best practices” guidelines for Child Custody Evaluators and Child Custody Evaluation Training.

AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation

State and Local Government Resources

Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County)-Divorce Education Program Information

Minnesota's Second Judicial District (Ramsey County)-Family Court Information

Minnesota Department of Human Services-Child Support Calculator

Minnesota Judicial Branch

Court Forms

Alternative Dispute Resolution FAQ

MN General Rules of Practice for the District Courts Rule 114

Rule 114 Appendix - Code of Ethics

Rule 114 Enforcement Procedures

General Resources

Minnesota Statewide ADR-Rule 114 Neutral Roster

Family Mediation Guide

Glossary of Terms for Family Law

Key Distinctions in Family ADR Neutrals’ Roles

The Alphabet Soup of Family ADR

Minnesota Case Law

Parenting Agreement Worksheet – University of Minnesota Extension Services

Minnesota Association of Community Mediation Programs (MACMP)

Children Beyond Dispute

Unpacking Minnesota's (New) Best Interest Factors