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MARCH MEDIATION
113 Blue Jay Dr., Ste 100
Liberty MO 64068
Ph: 800.595.9750
Ph: 816.792-9989
Fax: 816.792.8746

 

 
 
MISSION 
 
M.A.R.C.H. will provide mediation services to better serve the needs of the children of parents who are divorced, separated or never married.  
 
GOALS 
 
Goal 1: Cooperation 
 
M.A.R.C.H. will increase the use of mediation to resolve parenting disputes cooperatively in order to reduce or eliminate the potential emotional trauma to children from parental conflict.1 
 
Goal 2: Participation 
 
M.A.R.C.H. will increase the participation of non-custodial parents in their children's lives by providing a way for parents to cooperatively resolve disputes about custody, access, child support, and other issues.2 
 
Participation includes, among other things, increasing the frequency of contact, involvement in decision making about the children, and knowledge about the activities, health and academic progress of the children. It also includes increasing compliance with child support obligations.  
 
Goal 3: Education 
 
M.A.R.C.H. will provide information and a mediation experience which will help parents resolve future disputes cooperatively, without judicial or other intervention.3 
 
Goal 4: Systemic Change 
 
M.A.R.C.H. will be a bridge to a future in Missouri when mediation and other dispute resolution alternatives will be the first choice considered in domestic relations cases. 
 
"The general assembly finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state that frequent, continuing, and meaningful contact with both parents after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage is in the best interest of the child, except for cases where the court specifically finds that such contact is not in the best interest of the child, and that it is the public policy of this state to encourage parents to participate in decisions affecting the health, education, and welfare of their children, and to resolve disputes involving their children amicably through alternative dispute resolution." 
 
- Section 452.375.4 Revised Statutes of Missouri, 1998 
 
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1. Studies indicate that a high level of parental conflict is associated with serious behavioral problems in children and emotional adjustment difficulties that often last into adulthood.  
 
2. Between one-third and one-half of non-custodial parents see their children once a year or less. The primary reason given for disengagement is conflict with the other parent. Non-custodial parents with a written agreement for child access show a higher degree of involvement with their children than noncustodial parents without a written agreement.  
 
3. Mediated custody disputes require future contested hearings in less than five percent of the cases. Custody orders which result from contested litigation are the subject of further contested litigation in approximately 45 percent of the cases. 

 

 
 
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