It's hard to tell from the facts you've given exactly what action your ex has filed. This type of case is normally resolved in just a few months. Akron isn't on the other side of the world from Cleveland., I don't see why it should be such an issue but you are required to file a Notice of Intent to Relocate and then, if he doesn't agree, you've got to prove that it's in your child's best interest to make the move. DO NOT try and do this without an attorney. The potential consequences are severe.
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Mediation is pretty simple. It seems that you are being reasonable. You move, so you transport. I am not sure what he is objecting to. Hopefully the court will help "force" an agreement. Does he have a restraining order keeping you from moving ? What does the divorce decree read ? Are you REQUIRED by the decree to live in "cleveland" or are you simply required to file a notice of intent to relocate. There are lots of unanswered questions based on your post. Give me more specifics !!
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The fact that you have mediation scheduled, may help you obtain a quicker resolution. You should definitely talk with an attorney before the mediation.
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