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mango

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Court ordered mediation
« on: Oct 11, 2004, 01:28:46 PM »
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BM filed contempt on DH, and date was set last August 5. On that day the magistrate said how she would "likely" rule, but said she would like the two to mediate, and ordered them to mediate. (Her likely rule was that DH was not in contempt of anything)

Joint legal custody, 50/50 plan.

The contempt charge was:
1.) BM's purchase of an $800 flute without discussion with DH and sending him the bill for half, and then saying he was in contempt for not paying for it.

2.) And also BM enrolled SD into a daily swim club, and expected DH to take her to the daily practices on his parenting time far out of his town. He did not agree to the club, and expressed it verbally to her. Then he did not take her to the practices on his time, and BM said he was in contempt for not taking her and said he was obligated to pay for half the costs of the club.  (...plus she wanted attorney fees)

Mediation occurred 2X. Mediator said she would send something in the mail about what was discussed, (but not a final agreement) and see if it could be worked into a final agreement before next set court date. Nov. 19.

This has been well over 1 month ago, and nothing has come in the mail or heard otherwise.

The discussions were not really all that great for DH, just compromising for the sake of a compromise. He said he would pay for half flute if she would agree to "discuss" purchases with him prior, and he might put SD in a less aggressive club in his own area. But BM pushed it and wanted attorney fees (still) and for him to pay for the past swim club fees. He was not willing to do the last two things.  -It was still a rough discussion.


What should DH do from this point?

1.) Call to find out what ever happened to the mediator mailing out something?  or,

2.) Leave it alone, since he is likely he prevail in court anyways, and not even have to pay the $400 or compromise with the local club, which he isn't all that in favor of either?

Our attorney strongly suggests he not pay for the half of the flute and hold his ground all all issues. That this is a start of larger issues.


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RE: Court ordered mediation
« Reply #1 on: Oct 11, 2004, 04:55:17 PM »
>What should DH do from this point?
>
>1.) Call to find out what ever happened to the mediator
>mailing out something?  or,

You could do that.

>
>2.) Leave it alone, since he is likely he prevail in court
>anyways, and not even have to pay the $400 or compromise with
>the local club, which he isn't all that in favor of either?

>
>Our attorney strongly suggests he not pay for the half of the
>flute and hold his ground all all issues. That this is a start
>of larger issues.

Based on your post, I agree with your attorney. The entire thing is frivolous and wholely without merit, and if you soundly beat the other parent now, she will not likely bother you for the remainder of the children's minority.

 

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