New York City Family Court ADR Programs

New York City Family Court offers free mediation services for parenting issues in custody and visitation cases. For more information on these Family Court-based mediation programs, contact Virginia Torres-Villegas, MA., Director of the New York City Family Court Mediation Program, at


Custody/Visitation Mediation

The New York City Family Court Custody/Visitation Mediation Program accepts custody and visitation cases pending in the family courts of all five counties. Cases are referred by the judge or referee but either party may request that the judge or referee refer the case to mediation at any time. All referrals are screened before the mediation session begins to determine whether the matter is appropriate for mediation.