Mediation Achieving Results for Children

Call 1-800-595-9750

M.A.R.C.H. is a pilot project now bringing free mediation services to residents of eight Missouri Judicial Circuits-which amounts to about one-third of the state's population. The project is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Child Support Enforcement, in these participating Circuit Courts.

M.A.R.C.H. is in the middle of a three-year pilot project (funded by state and federal funds) with the following goal: to measure the potential benefits of using mediation to help divorced and never-married, separated parents resolve visitation, custody, child support and other disputes cooperatively and in the best interest of their children.

Parent's Eligibility for M.A.R.C.H.:

Parents must be divorced or never married and presently separated.
At least one parent must live in a participating circuit (and have a child support order from one of those circuits)
At least one parent must want to use mediation to resolve dispute of any of a variety of issues, which include:

Parenting Time
Child Support
Transportation Responsibilities
Health Care Coverage
Health and Safety Issues of the children
Many others

Circuit Courts that are Participating in M.A.R.C.H.

11th-St. Charles
13th-Boone and Callaway
25th-Maries, Phelps and Pulaski
32nd-Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Perry
33rd-Mississippi and Scott

If you believe you have a situation that might qualify, call the number given above. The folks at M.A.R.C.H. will take care of the rest. Your case will be screened to make sure it qualifies, and if so, they will alert a project mediator. If two parties are willing to sit down with a mediator to work out their differences and issues, mediation can help guide towards an agreement that will hopefully result in an improvement in the way the child support order is honored.