A week from today, I will be taking A to school early before heading to my lawyer's office. We have mediation scheduled, which is apparently 3 hours long. It's just going to be K, her lawyer, me, my lawyer, and the mediator. My father isn't allowed in the room. The. Best. News. Ever!
I've never been through any type of mediation, so I am a bit nervous. I don't think mediation is going to work for our case, because as far as I know, they do not want to give me custody, and I do not feel comfortable with giving her custody, either. I'm worried it's going to be a big waste of time and money. But, then again, maybe I'll be surprised.
Of course this means they are going to be in town and requesting visitation again, at least this time I was given more than a 24 hour notice. Apparently, we're doing dinner next Monday, some longer visit Tuesday after visitation, and breakfast Wednesday morning before they head back. I have a big test on Wednesday, so their visit won't be as long as they hoped on Tuesday, but then again, if it was really about A, they would be coming down here on a weekend when they know we are out of school. I digress.
K started working somewhere recently. I think I know where, but I guess it's top secret for some reason. Whatevs. More power to her. My father doesn't realize it yet, but she'll be asking and taking all of the shifts they will give her, just so she can get away from home. She did it while she was here, and she will do it there too.
I guess I'll know in about a week or so where we're going with this. If nothing major gets resolved during mediation, I think we'll be requesting a court hearing. It would be nice to have some type of resolution (in our favor, of course) before the holidays.
I can't kick the butterflies, though. It's such an important ruling. I just want what's best for A. I want her to have a fighting chance. I pray the mediator and judge see this.