Court Investigator/Mediator, Friend of the Court

February 15, 2013 - March 01, 2013
Location:Howell, MI
Salary Range:Starting $46,551 yr.
Benefits:Comprehensive benefit package available
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Circuit Court (Friend of the Court)
Description:Under the supervision of the Friend of the Court, conducts investigations on the custody and visitation issues and other conditions related to the care of children in judgments of divorce. Prepares reports to the Court with recommendations that are based on the best interests of the children. Serves as a mediator, as provided by statute, of disputes related to custody and visitation issues.

Duties:Investigates and evaluates custody and visitation arrangements for minor children in divorce and paternity actions. May include interviewing parents, children and others, evaluating how children are accepting divorce, identifying potential problems with custody and visitation issues and evaluating the prospective home(s) and general surroundings.
Collects information to assist in investigations from sources such as teachers, therapists, physicians, protective services, law enforcement agencies, other courts and other agencies.
Prepares reports with recommendations regarding where children will reside, who will provide care and under what conditions and visitation provisions of the non-custodial parent.
Serves as a mediator, as provided by statute, of disputes related to custody and visitation issues.
Provides informal dispute resolution in custody and visitation matters pending before the court. Attempts to educate parents and children on the effects of divorce and the skills necessary to resolve areas of difficulty.
Confers with divorcing parties and others to discuss Friend of the Court procedures and policies, answer questions and discuss issues and complaints related to domestic relations cases.
Conducts investigations on requests for change of custody or visitation and related matters. May include consulting with schools, counselors and others to evaluate the request and make recommendations.
Conducts investigations on out-of-county and out-of-state cases as requested.
Investigates and makes recommendations on the amount of time a non-custodial parent, grandparent or third party should spend with a child in accordance with the childís best interests.
Provides court testimony regarding findings and recommendations when necessary.
Recommends psychological evaluations of parents and children as appropriate and utilizes this input in developing summary findings in report to the court. Confers with psychologists or counselors who are working with the family.

Masterís Degree in counseling, child development, social work, psychology or related area and one year of casework experience, preferably dealing with family counseling. Prefer familiarity with domestic relations law.

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