Mandatory arbitration 2

Will I be stigmatized by the judge if I don’t come to agreement at the mandatory arbitration. We already have a notarized separation agreement and now my husband is filing a custody case. I want to just keep the separation agreement. Can I just keep saying at the arbitration meeting that I want to keep the separation agreement already in place?

A separation agreement is completely separate and has nothing to do with custody.
Having a custody agreement signed by a notary will not matter, it is not recognized in the courts.
If y’all have an agreement that works for both of you then I’m sure the judge will take that into account. It must not be working if your ex filed papers though

No, you will not be stigmatized by the judge or viewed any differently for not reaching an agreement in court ordered custody mediation. In the custody mediation, you can negotiate to keep the current custody schedule the same, however, since a custody action was filed against you, this will probably result in an impasse.

Anna Ayscue

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