Family law is by nature fact intensive, and no attorney can give you legal advice without a full apprisal of the factual situation. Second, your question does not make sense because contempt and mediation aren't mutually exclusive. It depends on what your decree says. In Polk County, for example, the judges are now requiring that all Decrees include language that the parties will mediate before filing any contempt charges.
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