I agree with my coleagues that it is POSSIBLE to settle a case in a MSC. Since neither of you have much to discuss other than the visitation schedule, it is very likely that this matter could be settled. In Riverside, if neither parties are represented or even if one is unrepresented, the courts offer a voluntary mediation session where both parties sit with a volunteer attorney and try to come to some sort of settlement agreement. So, ask the court for that. Good luck.
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It is possible, I have settled many cases during the MSC conference especially if your county court provides you with experienced mediators.
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Each party should file a settlement conference statement in advance of their settlement conference. Not only is it required, but it is extremely helpful to the Court and the parties in working out a settlement. In any case, at your settlement conference, you will have an opportunity to meet in the hope of reaching a full agreement which you should then be able to recite on the record. If you don't reach an agreement, the judge may help guide you, but will not make orders over your objection if you disagree.
Good luck settling your case. Hope this helps.
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I agree with my colleagues. It is definitely possible to settle at the MSC. Most courts have mediators or court officers to facilitate this process. It is in your best interest to settle this matter amicably otherwise the judge could enter an order that neither of you like.
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