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Good contact for children relies on parents working together and going the court route tends to make that difficult or impossible. So mediation is always worth a shot and there is no reason why you can''t try mediation at this stage. Someone who resists mediation suggested by a spouse/partner may change their mind if they are invited by a mediator and attend a preliminary meeting on their own to find out what is involved.
Initially separated parents can be angry but the anger is a secondary emotion to fear and uncertainties. In my practical experience a good mediator can help address the fear and uncertainties so that the anger dissipates over a few sessions and constructive progress can often then be made.