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Yes, Mediation Orientation is mandatory. It takes about 30 minutes and is scheduled on a date mutually convenient to the parties. If you do not attend mediation orientation, there may be serious consequences for you or your case. The only exception to this rule is if you or the child has been abused by the other party within the past 24 months. If that is true, you should notify the mediator of this fact and the mediator will decide whether or not to hold the mediation session.
No. Each party pays $90 for up to a two hour session with the mediator, including the orientation. If one party decides not to stay for mediation after the orientation, there is no mediation. However, if both parties decide to continue, the mediation will take place for no additional fee. If it ends before the two hours, there is no refund.
A custody mediator is a trained professional and a neutral third party who has been approved by the Court to conduct custody mediations.
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Perhaps. Generally children should not be present at the Conciliatio conference unless they are specifically ordered to appear. Children under the age of 10 are generally not permitted to attend the conference. Children ages 10 and older may attend the conference if a notice and order is filed and notice is given to the other party with the advance approval of the Custody Conciliator.
Mediation is an informal meeting with a mediator who may or may not be an attorney and who will help you and the other party attempt to resolve your custody issues. A Conciliation conference is a conference with a Court appointed official who is an attorney with the authority to make a recommendation regarding the custody issues, if the parties are unable to agree.