Mediation is an excellent form of alternative dispute resolution that can help you and your spouse resolve any divorce conflicts that you have. There are rules to these sessions, however, and if they are continually violated, it could mean that your case will have to go to court or through other alternative dispute resolution options.
In Snohomish County, you’re asked to go through with mediation before you take your divorce to court, so everyone, in most cases, will need to attempt it. Mediation sessions do have rules that you have to follow, though. Some may include:
· Consenting to having the specific mediator present
· Giving authority to the mediator to conduct joint and separate meetings but not to decide on any issues for you
· Committing to participate in good faith
…and several others.
One of the most important requirements of most sessions will be to commit to participating in good faith and to be respectful of the other party. If there is a conflict, the goal should be to attempt to resolve it, not to name call, become aggressive or otherwise refuse to participate actively.
If a mediator wants to, they can terminate the sessions if they decide that further mediation isn’t worthwhile. For example, if one person continues to come to the sessions and refuses to speak respectfully or without harassing the other, then the mediator may determine that mediation won’t work and ask them to pursue other options.
Overall, those who go through mediation should expect to participate and be respectful. If the mediation contract is violated, then going to court may be the next step.