Can I appeal Mediator’s decision in child custody?

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  • Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

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Serving Munhall, PA

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Q: I am in mediation for child custody. It is getting me NOWHERE! I am asking for spit custody, I end up with one weekend a month. How do I appeal the mediator’s decision? Do I file DE NOVO? What motion would I submit?

A: If you are referring to Allegheny County custody mediation, yes. The mediator only makes a recommendation. If you agree with it, you can enter a consent custody agreement with the other parent which is presented to a judge to sign off on. If you do not agree, you need to file a Praecipe for a Conciliation. The case will now be in the pipeline to a judge for conciliation first, then trial. I suggest that you hire a lawyer to navigate this for you.

FAMILY LAW, CUSTODY, MEDIATION, PRAECIPE, CONCILIATION

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