Prairie Land is a volunteer-run organization providing free by-appointment mediation services. Mediators, recorders and the scheduler donate their time and skills to successful mediations. Appointments may be set on a day 3-5 days after the initial call or 7 or more days during busy weeks. Each side must call in to schedule an appointment. Our by-appointment flexibility allows us to schedule after 5 PM.
Every person who requests mediation service through Prairie Land attends an intake meeting alone with the mediator (25-30 minutes). This meeting is confidential, and allows the mediator to better understand the person's needs and concerns regarding mediation.
In order to provide free services, we do not staff a receptionist. Leaving voicemail provides a record of your request and allows us to respond on the next business day.
Prairie Land do not archive casefiles for request. All document requests and questions about filings are made through court. Letters regarding case determinations are only ever sent to the presiding Judge.
If you are referred to mediation at Prairie Land by the court system and feel mediation with us is not the right fit for you, let us know immediately. Potential clients who are inherently hostile to the idea of mediation or feel pressured to attend are never good candidates for success with us. PLCMC reserves the right to refuse service at anytime for any reason.
Court-referred mediation is still voluntary and still free with Prairie Land. The heightened emotional stress of parenting conflict and hectic work schedules may trigger frustration and anger. Berating the scheduler via phone or mediator in person is the fastest way to being denied this free service. Please be patient as our volunteers schedule appointments to meet with a mediator.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
An informal process in which a neutral third party helps people in conflict negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement.