Alabama Center For Dispute Resolution
Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution

Since 1994, we have been the state office of dispute resolution for Alabama. At the Center, we work with the courts, the Alabama State Bar, state agencies, schools, community mediation initiatives, and businesses to promote early and peaceful resolution of disputes. The Center serves as the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution. Read more about the Commission.


2017 2nd Quarter News for Alabama NeutralsNews for Alabama Neutrals  The 2017 2nd Quarter newsletter is online.

In this issue:

  • Center Welcomes Eileen Harris
  • Better Business Bureau Seeking Arbitrators
  • Training Opportunities
  • Family Mediation Program Statistics
  • Alabama Neutral Activities
  • Honoring Exec Dir Judy Keegan

Read it at
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Parents are Forever Family Mediation Program   This program is a collaboration of the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.  It provides families with free family mediation when there are children, a family income under $60,000, and the judge orders parents to mediate a parenting and financial plan for their family.

It's a Win-Win program...
- Parents get help mediating a parenting plan and resolving other divorce issues.
- The Center reimburses the mediator.
Is your county offering this program yet?
Court Year October 2015 –September 2016
170 mediations, 117 with agreements
Average Family income: $39,433;
Children benefited: 262
Pro bono time given by mediators:  189.30 hours
- More information and 2017 statistics on the Family Mediation page -

Placing Children First  A video produced by the Administrative Office of Courts, Alabama. This video discusses Children's Rights and provides Tips for Parents with Shared Custody to be sure to put the children first. Go to Video. This video ties into our free family mediation program.


Judges Mediation Bench BookUPDATED Judges Mediation Bench Book: A Resource for Alabama Trial Judges (2nd edition) This handy Judge’s Mediation Bench Book updated in 2016, puts all the law, court rules, code of ethics, forms, and information about mediation in one place so you know about the process and can take advantage of it. Download a copy.


Foreclosure Mediation We launched Phase II of the Forclosure Prevention / Mortgage Modification Mediation Program last September.  
Read More - Find a Foreclosure Mediator - FAQs


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