Joint Parenting Sessions (Mediations)

Parenting after a separation or divorce can pose challenges. To help, we offer joint parenting sessions at no cost to any Iowa parents. 

Sessions are designed to help parents:

  • Find common ground
  • Reduce conflict
  • Improve communication & design a communication plan
  • Resolve parenting disputes
  • Craft parenting plans


Our unique child-centered approach helps keep kids out of the middle and helps parents make progress.

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What happens in a session?

Parents meet together with the mediator on Zoom (in-person arrangements can be accomodated). The Kids First mediator helps parents think about topics from their child’s perspective, encourages respectful dialogue, and identifies child-focused solutions when parents reach an impasse. When parents agree on any issue, Kids First will provide a written summary of the parenting plan. Parents can review the plan with their attorney before it becomes final. Parenting plans are tailored to children’s needs and individualized to a particular family.

At either parent’s request, the Kids First mediator can provide information or resources related to parenting across households.

If both parents agree, the Kids First mediator can meet separately with the school-aged children in the family to obtain children’s input.

Who can attend sessions?

Kids First helps Iowa parents who live separately and have minor children (ages 0-17) together. Parents may be divorced or never married. They can take advantage of this free service whether they have a custody order or not and whether there is a court case pending or not. 

Kids First is able to accommodate parents with a No Contact Order (that permits mediation) and can ensure parents do not have any contact. Sessions are held over Zoom.

This program is not available to parents whose children are in foster care or to parents whose children have been represented by Kids First. 

Is the session a mediation?

Yes, the session is considered mediation and meets the court’s requirement for mediation. The mediator is a neutral third party. Kids First does not assist in mediating on financial topics such as child support and dividing assets and debts. 

What next?

If you have further questions about the session or want us to reach out to the other parent to discuss the possibility of scheduling a session, call Kids First at 319-365-5437. You can also inquire about joint parenting sessions by completing the inquiry form.

NOTE: Kids First's joint parenting sessions are held remotely via Zoom. 

Kids First Law Center

420 6th St. SE Ste. 160

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 365-5437


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