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Good morning. I certainly understand your concern. Mediation would be something that the parent would have to agree to, unless ordered by the court. In an ideal situation, the parent would be willing to sit down with you and try to work this out, so you can play an active role in the lives of the two grandchildren. If you feel that the mother
of the children is not capable of caring for them, you can always try and gain custody of them, attempting to terminate her rights. This is a very high burden and hard to do, so there would need to be clear evidence that the children are at risk if they are left with her and it is in their best interest, to be placed in your care and custody. I know what the attorney told you when you met with them for a consultation was not what you wanted to hear, but it is the truth. I am not sure if they provided you details as to why this is the case, so I have provided you with a link that explains the legal basis for it, in Florida, at this time. http://archive.flsenate.gov/data/Publications/2009/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2009-120ju.pdf
As I stated above, for mediation to be ordered, there needs to be a pending matter before the court. For a matter to go before the Judge, there needs to be a legal basis to support it, so the case does not get dismissed.
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