If the other party goes directly to the charge and request not to have mediation, will this be allowed if I wanted mediation? 7 Answers as of May 16, 2013

I'm going to court in July for child support, if the other party is wanting to go straight to the judge and have no mediation, but I want mediation, will the court allow this?

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John Russo | John Russo
What are you mediating? The numbers are the numbers, and neither party is bound by the mediation anyway, so you want mediation and the other does not, so you want the court to force them to do what you want, suppose the court forces you to do what the other wants, child support is based off the guidelines what is the mediator going to do, come up with new federal guidelines?
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 5/16/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
Probably, but it depends on the judge.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 5/16/2013
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
Courts will generally require family law cases to at least attempt mediation prior to scheduling a hearing.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 5/15/2013
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
Generally the courts will favor going to mediation, however depending on your jurisdiction it may be that the court cannot mandate it. In any case, the result should be the same and the elimination of mediation may shorten the process and make it less expensive assuming you would eventually get before the court anyway.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 5/15/2013
The Law Offices of Tres A. Porter | Tres A. Porter
In most counties in California, mediation in a child custody issue is mandatory. Mediation is usually NOT done in child support issues. You should consult a family law attorney in your area.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/15/2013
    Kunin &Carman | Ishi Kunin
    The courts in Nevada mandate that the parties attempt mediation to formulate a Parenting Plan prior to the Court entering a final decision.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 5/15/2013
    Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
    Unless the court orders it, the other is not required.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 5/15/2013
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