Q) What is mediation?
A) Mediation is a private, informal way to work out your dispute. It utilizes a neutral third-party, called a mediator, to help you and the other parent agree on matters relating to custody and visitation of your child. A judge may refer you to mediation if s/he thinks it will be helpful, but the mediator cannot force you to agree to something that you do not want. You may also ask the judge to refer you to mediation at any time. If you are the victim of domestic violence, make sure the judge knows this. It may affect his/her decision on whether to send you to mediation. Also, if you have a temporary or final restraining order against the other parent, the court will not make you go through mediation. The court may refer you to mediation if you and the other parent have trouble agreeing on these issues, or you may ask the judge to refer you to mediation at any time.
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