Mediation

Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq.
Mediation Director

Dawn M. Evans
Administrative Assistant

Justice Center

221 W. Fifth Street, Suite 310
Marysville, Ohio 43040
Tel:   937.645.4175
Fax:  937.645.4174

WHAT IS MEDIATION ?

The Mediation Process involves the use of an impartial person to help parties to a dispute make informed decisions and develop mutually-acceptable agreements in a confidential setting.

HOW DOES THE MEDIATION PROCESS WORK ?

A Mediator helps parties examine their situation in terms of their needs and interests.  Relevant information is gathered that may include budgets, business records, medical reports, healthcare expenses, property valuations and the needs of children in domestic relations cases. Settlement options are developed and discussed to be sure they meet everyone's goals fairly.  Decisions are made by the individuals as to any acceptable resolution.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION?

While a primary goal may be settlement, mediation also promotes communication and cooperation. Mediation allows individuals to control the decisions that affect their lives and can often be completed more quickly than traditional litigation. Mediation is confidential , thus avoiding public disclosure of personal needs and benefits children by reducing the stress around them.

HOW DO WE USE MEDIATION ?

Civil: Generally, all civil cases (breach of contract, , personal injury, products liability, workers' compensation, etc.) filed with the Court are referred to mediation.  Parties to a case and their legal counsel are required to attend the mediation in order to work together in order to attempt to resolve the issues that gave rise to the filing of the case.

Domestic Relations: Domestic relations cases are those involving families.  Petitions for divorce where children are involved are typically scheduled for an initial mediation session prior to the Hearing on Temporary Orders. Parents are introduced to mediation and given the opportunity to develop their own temporary plans regarding the payment of bills and care of their children.  Parents can then schedule additional mediation sessions to address permanent issues.  Other Domestic Relation cases may be referred to mediation by the Court or upon the parties' request. The cost of a mediation session beyond the initial session in a case pending before the Court or in any case not pending before the Court is $120.00 per session (up to 2 hours). 

Criminal: Criminal Cases where the defendant has admitted guilt may be referred for evaluation for participation in the Victim-Offender mediation program. Involvement in this type of mediation is completely voluntary.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Local Rule 33: Mediation in Domestic Relations Matters

Local Rule 34: Mediation in Civil Matters

R.C. Chapter 2710: Ohio's adoption of the Uniform Mediation Act

The Supreme Court of Ohio's Dispute Resolution Section

Ohio Mediation Association

Capital University Law School's Center for Dispute Resolution

Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (Published by The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law in cooperation with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution)

Mediate.com

Association for Conflict Resolution

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

The Princeton Review on Mediation

 

Kathryn Wollenburg currently serves as the Mediation Director and Foreclosure Staff Attorney for the Court.  She is the primary mediator for the Mediation Department in which she conducts approximately 250 civil (including appropriations, breach of contract, foreclosure, personal injury, probate, real property, workers’ compensation actions, zoning, etc.) and domestic relations cases each year. 

A northern Ohio native, Kathryn moved to Columbus in the mid-1990’s where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance from The Ohio State University.  She returned to law school after a five year hiatus to earn her Juris Doctor with a concentration in Dispute Resolution from Capital University Law School in 2005.  While working toward her concentration, Kathryn studied under Scot Dewhirst, Terrence Wheeler, and Amy Mass; mediated for the Franklin County Municipal Court and Small Claims Division; clerked at the Morrow County Municipal Court; and externed at the Civil Rights Section of the Office of the Ohio Attorney General  Immediately following law school, Kathryn mediated for the Automobile Consumers Action Program (AUTOCAP)—a joint project between the Ohio Automobile Dealers’ Association and the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, and upon admittance to the Ohio Bar in November 2005, began mediating for Union County. 

Kathryn’s ongoing mediation education has included trainings in the areas of general Civil Mediation, Elder Mediation, Foreclosure Mediation, Domestic Relations, and Domestic Abuse, and seminars conducted by leaders in the field such as Nina Meierding, Lee Jay Berman, Larry Fong, Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Cheryl Lowry, Ken Davis, and Crevon Terrance. Kathryn has been an appointed member of OMA’s Executive Board since 2011, is the Newsletter Editor of Mediate Ohio (OMA’s bi-monthly online publication), has served on OMA’s sub-committee on Mediator Credentialing in Ohio, and holds memberships in the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Union County Bar Association. 

Kathryn is also the Music Director at Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, and currently resides in Dublin, with her husband of 15 years.