1. You May Not Need To Go.
Local Rules in Cuyahoga County state that all new Applications to Determine the Custody of a Child or Motions for Parenting Time or Motions to Modify the Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities must be referred to mediation. However, a party can request to be exempted from mediation in any of the following situations:
- Cases where one party has been convicted or pled guilty to domestic violence within the past two years or when a civil protection order is in effect;
- Cases in which the physical distance between the parties is so great that it isn’t practical