All family law matters in district court are subject to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes as established in Rule 114, except for:
1. actions enumerated in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 518B (Domestic Abuse Act),
2. contempt actions, and
3. maintenance, support, and parentage actions when the public agency responsible for child support enforcement is a party or is providing services to a party with respect to the action.
The court shall not require parties to participate in any facilitative process where one of the parties claims to be the victim of domestic abuse by the other party or where the court determines there is probable cause that one of the parties or a child of the parties has been physically abused or threatened with physical abuse by the other party. In circumstances where the court is satisfied that the parties have been advised by counsel and have agreed to an ADR process established in Rule 114 that will not require face-to-face meeting of the parties, the court may direct that the ADR process be used.
The court shall not require parties to attempt ADR if they have previously engaged in an ADR process under Rule 114 with a qualified neutral and reached an impasse.
(Amended effective July 1, 1997; amended effective May 1, 2012.)
(Amended effective July 1, 1997.)