(a) Unless otherwise directed by the court, all contested family matters involving minor children must be submitted to the judge prior to the setting of a trial date. A request that the judge consider these issues is made by the filing of a motion to resolve parent-child issues. The judge may refer contested child custody or visitation cases to the Family Mediation Center (FMC) for mediation. Any referral to FMC by the judge must be returned to the judge when completed by FMC unless otherwise directed by the judge.
(b) Once a judge has resolved parent-child issues the same issues may not be raised by the parties without complying with Rule 5.29.
[Amended; effective August 21, 2000.]