Do you want to know what court ordered mediation is let me help you out. My name is David Pisarra. I’m with MensFamilylaw we represent noncustodial parents mostly fathers in child custody cases. Once a Child Custody case is opened, and whether that happens through a divorce or a paternity case, isn’t really the matter but a request for orders has been filed, meaning somebody has gone to court and is asking the judge to change the orders for visitation, and custody of the child. The first thing that happens is court ordered.
Conciliation court date is set. That’s basically mediation with a social worker. Mother and father are brought in. Usually they meet separately with the social worker whose job it is to try and bring the parties to a mutual agreement on as many issues as possible before they go see the judge. Oftentimes they will meet with the custodial parent first, frequently that’s mom, then they’ll meet with dad and they”ll go through the list of the days they are trying to get together. Whether it’s weekend visitations, midweek visitations. Sometimes.
It’s holidays, how are we going to divvy up the Christmas Holiday and the Spring Break Holiday and Summer Holiday. But it’s a free process and most counties require it prior to going to see the judge. Usually it’s held the day of the hearing in the morning and then there’s an afternoon session with the judge. Or in busy counties like Los Angeles County, sometimes you’ll have your conciliation court date, which is the mediation earlier. You could have that two, three four sometimes weeks before your actual hearing date and.
What Is Court Ordered Mediation Explained by Los Angeles Child Custody Lawyer David Pisarra