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You could potentially represent yourself at the settlement hearing. It's pretty much negotiating and what you can get for yourself. Typically, being represented by an attorney gives you more leverage than showing up on your own.
What questions did you generally have so I can assist you?
1. The first settlement conference only results in a ruling by the judge if the two parties come to an agreement. If not, then you would need to continue onto a trial if you cannot settle the matter.
2. Yes. You can request the Court to order to have the other parent drug tested.
3. You can disclose to the other party that you intend to ask the court for a drug test. Many times, they would rather settle the case out than go through that process if the two of you are not very far apart in what you are seeking.
4. I cannot as that would be pure speculation. However, I can tell you that typically attorneys are in a better position to negotiate matters as they are not emotionally vested in the case much like a plaintiff or defendant are.