Under this rule, a mediation conference shall be held by a court staff mediator in all proceedings requesting relief in the form of support, and in custody and visitation proceedings. The rule outlines procedures for the requesting of continuances and the issuance of interim orders and contact schedules. Further, the rule set forth requirements for attendance of conferences, continued discovery during mediation proceedings, sanctions and dismissals based on failure to comply, and procedures if mediation fails to produce full settlement.
Delaware Family Court Civil Rule 16 - Pretrial Procedure; Formulating Issues; Mediation; Pretrial ConferenceFamily Court of Delaware. January 1, 2006; amended effective August 18, 2011