What is informed consent?

For all evaluative services, parties will be asked to sign informed consent forms. By signing the form, parties acknowledge and consent to the rules regarding these services, including the expectation of good faith participation, joint and individual interviews, focus on best interests of the child, no legal advice provided, reports being provided to the Judge, and that evaluative services are NOT confidential. The form will be provided to parties prior to the service and must be signed before proceeding.

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1. What is Conciliation Court?
2. On the Court Petition/Response, it says “We have tried to resolve our problems through Conciliation Services or going to Conciliation Services would not work.” What does that mean?
3. I’ve been a parent for many years. Why do I have to take a Parent Education class?
4. Why do we have to go to mediation? What is mediation?
5. What is confidentiality and what Conciliation Court services are not confidential?
6. What is informed consent?
7. What does the court, the Judge or Conciliation Court mean by “the best interest of the child”?
8. What is the role of attorneys in mediation or evaluative services (Same Day Resolution, Family Assessment or Expedited Services)?
9. Am I eligible for the Decree Assistance Project?