598.7A  Domestic relations proceeding--mediation.

In addition to the custody mediation provided pursuant to section 598.41, unless the court determines that a history of domestic abuse exists as specified in section 598.41, subsection 3, paragraph "j", or unless the court determines that direct physical harm or significant emotional harm to the child, other children, or a parent is likely to result, or unless the action involves a child support or medical support obligation enforced by the child support recovery unit, on the application of either party or on the court's own motion, the court shall determine in each domestic relations proceeding or modification of any order relating to those proceedings whether the parties to the proceeding shall participate in mediation to attempt to resolve differences between the parties without court intervention. The court may order participation in mediation at any time prior to the entering of a final order or the granting of a final decree.

The costs of mediation shall be paid in full or in part by the parties, as determined by the court and taxed as court costs.

Section History: Recent form

  95 Acts, ch 183, §1; 96 Acts, ch 1195, § 1

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