Mel Gibson may be rich and famous, but he's dealing with the same issues millions of fathers struggle with after separating from their partners -- how can he keep a relationship with his child, when his baby mama tries to keep him away?
Mel and Oksana Grigorieva are deep in the throes of mediation, and one of the big issues is where baby Lucia goes to school. Oksana wants to put Lucia in a private school by her home in the San Fernando Valley. Mel does not want to drive from Malibu to the Valley -- a long drive when there's no traffic -- when he picks Lucia up and drops her off. He wants a school half way between their homes.
Sources tell TMZ ... Mel and Oksana are miles apart in settling the custody case. Mel wants 50/50 custody, and he believes that would solve most of their issues, but Oksana is vehemently opposed to an equal split.
And, sources say, even Oksana's lawyers want her to settle with Mel, in no small part because they want to get paid, but she's refusing to budge. We're told Oksana is still so bitter, she'd rather drag Mel through the mud than settle and just walk away.
Oksana Grigorieva to Mel Gibson:
I'm Calling the Shots
On Lucia's Schooling
8/16/2011 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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