Hello. Mediation is not working for my ex and I to achieve a suitable parenting plan. He is very abusive and won't be flexible. We have done a few sessions now and we are not getting anywhere. If we go to family court, what happens? Do I get to bring up past incidents (as I can't in mediation)? Does a judge look at all the facts? Does a judge listen to why I'm asking for certain things that my ex would not agree on and possibly take that into account? Roughly, what can you expect going to family court would cost? I'm on a single pension as the relationship broke down a week after I had the second child. I know I can apply for Legal Aid but I'm unsure as some people will tell me as I'm living with my parents that it may be expected that they would have to pay for some or all off my legal costs. Unfortunately, my parents are not in a position to do that. Others will say that my ex will have to pay my side of the legal fees as well as his own? So I just don't understand. I'm happy to pay my own fees if a firm would allow me to pay them off, that's not a problem. I'd just like an idea what to expect out of court costs or if I'm better off just stamping my foot down and telling my ex that we need to take a break for a month or so. You see the kids on these days, end of story, and we try mediation again after we have had time to cool off? Thanks so much for any help.