At this point, it seems as if your daughter has few options available to her. Regardng the mediator's recommendations, remember that these are just recommendations; the court is still required to weigh all the evidence and then make the best decision the judge deems appropriate, which is what it saounds like this felt he or she was doing. I understand your frustration and it does inded sound as if the decision makes little sense, but of course having not been there I really can;t comment on that aspect of the situation. You should certainly speak with an appellate attorney (there are plenty who specialize in family law issues), but I think you will find that the judge's determination in a case such as this will be very difficult to overturn in the absence of some judicial error or wrongdoing, which seems uinliukely under the facts you have described. As for immdiate recourse, she could consider a motiopn for reconsideration, but this is only appropriate in situations involving facts or law that were previously unknown at the time of the hearing. You need to speak with your attorney about that.
Your daughter can file an appeal to challenge the trial court's ruling. However, there are strict time restrictions with filing an appeal. Generally, a notice of appeal (http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/fillable/app002.pdf) must be filed within 60 days from the date of the final judgment being challenged. While it only costs $655 to file a notice of appeal, pursuing an appeal can be very time consuming and costly adventure. Family law appeals in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two (Hemet is in this District) typically take over a year from beginning to end. A good summary of the process can be found on the Court's web site: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/documents/app001.pdf
Because the majority of appeals are unsuccessful, your daughter should take the time to consult with an experienced appellate attorney who handles family law appeals so she can weigh whether she wants to put her time and energy into pursuing an appeal, or whether she wants to focus on maintaining her relationship with her child under the current limitations and then pursuing a custody modification in the future.
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