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The Court may rule in the favor of one party if the other party does not appear or have legal representation at the hearing. In other words, the court can dismiss the matter or give a default order in the matter. While such a default order can be appealed it is very difficult to do and my be time consuming and costly.
Generally when both parties and/or legal representation are present, the court will try to get the parties to come to an agreement If you have not then the court will usually require mediation before it will consider proceeding with a hearing on the issues.
It is best to come to terms and an agreement, I suggest, If possible.
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Mediation didn't work.
The mom violated the court order numerous times. Example: moving 4x without notifying the court, changing pediatricians without informing the dad, making false allegations against the dad and his family . Charges were dismissed because case worker knew the mom was just trying to keep the child from the dad and family. Mom not stable, countless boyfriends and exposing the almost 4 yr old child to who knows what.
Ok. Thank you. Well, then the court will see if you have come to terms and then may issue a temporary order on a custody request. But generally, the management hearing is to determine if things can be worked out and the court might send you back to the drawing board - not mediation just discussions among your legal counsel - the conference is not going to be very long about 30 to 40 minutes It is an effort to make sure everything proceeds in a timely fashion so as not to log jam the system