After months of continuous disputes, papers were filed in U.S. Distric Court in Central California on Friday, ordering Cruise and Bauer to participate in a private mediation, The Wrap reported.
While the tabloids' publisher has stood strong behind their reporting, Cruise's lawyer, Bert Fields, says the actor "talks to [Suri] every day, sometimes many times a day."
"It's just the opposite of what they said in the magazine," Fields told E! News. "They are together all the time. He is a very caring father, and that is at the heart of this lawsuit."
According to The Wrap, which broke the story, if the parties don't settle privately a trial date has been set for April 29, 2014.