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how does mediation work? will they look at past history on both parents...The father has a felony for drug conviction just got out of jail in nov 2010 attends anger management class's and he thinks that mediation won"t look at his past he has a job but is threating to quit if he has to pay back child support. The mother has full custody of both kids, They can"t agree on nothing because the father wants everything his way. How does all of this play out in mediation? Thank you
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.
What is trying to be agreed upon? Child custody?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
yes, there was a restraining order for the kids against him from seeing them one on one because of his drug use in the past, the restraining has since been drop when he got out of jail and now has visitation rights only through his parents. He now thinks he's entitled 50/50 and wants the kids every weekend.He has been trying to bully the ex wife in agreeing to his demands or like i said from my earlier question he is gonna quit his job and pay no child support at all if she doesn't agree with him.
Expert:  FamilyAnswer replied 6 years ago.
The purpose of mediation is to try and bring the parties together, to work out a resolution. Nothing is binding on anyone and the matters discussed are confidential. If one party is unwilling to compromise, clearly nothing will be accomplished. The best interest of the children is going to be the main focus, so nothing will be ordered which would have a negative effect on them. The past history could be brought up, as it is an issue which the mediator should be aware of of. Furthermore, he may quit his job but it does not mean his obligation to pay child support would cease. He would have to find another job.
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