48-hour Divorce & Custody Mediation / Domestic Violence Screening Training


This comprehensive training—approved by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office (SCAO)—is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody disputes. It is the first step for any individual who wishes to mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. This training combines our 40-hour Divorce and Custody Mediation Training and SCAO-required 8-hour Domestic Violence Screening Training. This is the premier domestic relations training in the country; past attendees have told us that our training is the best they've ever received. We're confident you'll feel the same about your experience with us.

What to expect

Through a combination of role play, lecture, simulation, discussion and videotapes of actual mediation, this workshop takes participants through the process of divorce and custody mediation from the screening session to the completed memorandum of agreement. Each workshop covers the following:

  • Effective conflict management
  • Mediation techniques
  • Power balancing
  • Support and parenting arrangements
  • Custody issues
  • Property division
  • Tax, pension, and financial issues
  • The emotional stages of divorce
  • Working constructively with attorneys
  • Using experts in mediation
  • Screening for domestic violence and other impediments to mediation
  • Ethics and standards of practice
  • Professional development

You'll also receive a comprehensive training manual and ready-to-use forms.

Attendance at each workshop is limited to assure direct feedback and coaching in role plays. We also connect participants to observation and continuing education programs.

This program is approved by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office as a Domestic Relations Mediation Training and Domestic Violence Screening Training.

Sample Agenda

Below are sample agendas for each of the two components of our 48-hour Divorce & Custody and Domestic Violence Screening training. 40-Hour Divorce & Custody Component Day One 8:15 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Introduction to Divorce Mediation… Read More


For 48-hour Divorce and Custody Mediation/Domestic Violence Screening Training workshops Registration costs for workshops sponsored by other organizations are determined by the sponsor. For those workshops, please contact the sponsor directly. Read More


Your 48-hour Divorce & Custody Mediation / Domestic Violence Screening Trainings are taught by an experienced faculty with backgrounds in law and social work. Zena D. Zumeta, J.D. Primary Trainer Zena D. Zumeta received her Juris Doctor from the… Read More