Yes, you can, and in some cases, in some areas, you will be. In the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, for example, there is a standing order in family law cases requiring the parties to go to a mediation and try and settle their case outside of court, prior to setting a final hearing. That can be waived if good cause is shown, but that is actually the order. The assumption is that you’re going to be going to mediation before you reach final hearing. (silence).
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