STBX wrote me to say he 'bit the bullet' and paid the fee the court required when he filed a request for a Family-Centered Case resolution conference. (seems the court failed to provide one with the petition when he filed). I'm looking at the court's fee sheet and don't see any fees associated with filing a request for conferences like case status, case resolution and settlement conference requests. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong thing. or maybe he's just being a #%&@!
It's a form of ADR state-wide (see http://www.courts.ca.gov/cms/rules/index.cfm?title=five&linkid=rule5_83) so there may be a charge because participation is voluntary and Alameda may use private mediators; call the court and ask.
If you cannot pay the fee, then you might try filing an Application for Waiver of Court Fees and Costs. If you think that Family-Centered Case Resolution would be futile, then you are probably not required to pay the fee. If your STBX is serious about going to the conference, then you might ask him to pay the fee for both sides. That might go a long way toward settling the case. Typically the cost of litigating a case will be higher than going to a Family Centered Case Resolution Conference, if you're close to settling all issues. Of course, if you still have to litigate after the conference, then it would ordinarily be cheaper to just litigate instead of wasting your time at negotiating. It really depends upon whether you think you can come to an agreement that both sides would accept.
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