The Indiana Supreme Court has issued an order to amend the Indiana Rules for Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 2.5 (B), which deals with educational qualifications of mediators in domestic relations cases.
The amended rule now states: “In domestic relations cases, a registered mediator must be either: (a) an attorney, in good standing with the Supreme Court of Indiana; (b) a person who has a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited institution recognized by a the U.S. Department of Education ; or (c) a person who has a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an international institution and provides a degree evaluation from a service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) showing the program is equivalent to a degree from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”
The rule also says: “Notwithstanding the provisions of (2)(a), (b) and (c) above, any licensed professional whose professional license is currently suspended or revoked by the respective licensing agency, or has been relinquished voluntarily while a disciplinary action is pending, shall not be a registered mediator.”
The amendment is effective immediately.
Chief Justice Loretta Rush issued the order Wednesday, with all justices concurring