Court Ordered Mediation


#1

I have no desire to mediate my ED case. I am listed as the defendant and would prefer that it just be heard before a judge and settled.

My husband’s attorney said he would object to any waiver of mediation. What does he have to gain by forcing this case to go to mediation, instead of just allowing a judge to review the evidence and make a ruling?

Can you tell me how I would request a judicial settlement conference in lieu of mediation?

Also, since I live out of state how can I avoid unnecessary trips for pre-trial conferences that have the sole purpose of scheduling yet another conference?


#2

Mediation is required in actions for equitable distribution. The idea is to bring the parties together to try to settle the case as quickly as possible to save court time. You for judicial settlement conference may be made at the Scheduling and Discovery conference, or the initial pretrial conference.