Spouse does not pay legal fees and chooses to litigate the Divorce. Would it be proper to file a petition requesting the judge to mandate mediation. Does that seem out of the ordinary?
Criminal Defense Attorney
Trial courts in most states have the authority to order the parties to mediate. Some do this as a matter of course, others on a case-by-case basis.
Whether it's proper in this particular case depends on the procedural history, which we're not privy to. Ask your divorce attorney. And if you don't have one, get one, because this is now a lawsuit, and you need representation.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Yes. It's not unusual at all.
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