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Get help with my family matter?
Multi-Door Family mediation can be helpful for people who want to have control over the resolution of the issues in their family. Family mediation may be helpful to you…

  • If you have a dispute about the custody, visitation or financial support of your child
  • If you are going through a legal separation or divorce
  • Whether or not you have filed a case in Court
  • Whether or not you have an attorney
  • If you think that a free, voluntary, confidential meeting might be the best place for discussing your issues

Get help during the mediation process from the staff of the Multi-Door Division (the mediation division of the court)?
Multi-Door staff assists clients during the mediation process. Staff will:

  • Interview you and the other person and often conduct the first mediation session that same day.
  • Schedule an initial mediation session with you, the other person, and a trained mediator
  • Meet with you and the other person together and separately to assist you in resolving your dispute.
  • Schedule follow-up sessions as necessary. Mediations are held Monday through Friday during the day, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and on Saturday mornings.
  • Keep your discussion confidential, with the exceptions of abuse or threats of violence and
  • Write up any agreements you reach.

Prepare for and participate in mediation?

  • Call the Family Mediation Program and request an intake interview with a dispute resolution specialist (DRS). You can reach a DRS at 202-879-3180.
  • Participate in mediation sessions as scheduled. Each session lasts approximately 2 hours and several sessions may be needed to resolve your issues.
  • Have any written agreements reviewed by an attorney, if possible. Mediators and Multi-Door staff do not give legal advice or represent you in Court.

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Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division

Court Building C
410 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

Mediation Hours

9.00a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Family mediation evening and weekend hours (by appointment only) - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
6:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Telephone Numbers

General Information:
(202) 879-1549

Family Intake Desk:
(202) 879-3180

Fax Number:
(202) 879-9457