Mediation is voluntary
No one can be forced to participate in mediation, although many prefer it since it can often greatly reduce the time, money, and stress involved in resolving conflicts. But even after a mediation is started, all individuals involved (including the mediator) have a right to end the process at any time. This is part of the beauty of mediation: you are in control of whether you agree, disagree, or want to choose an alternate path. Most mediations end in a successful resolution of the dispute. However, if a mediation is ended before full agreement is reached, the parties may still take all or some of their issues to court for a judge to decide. Alternately, they can choose to take a break and try again later, as long as mediation is still appropriate for their case and everyone involved is willing to mediate again. A court may order parties in a legal conflict to learn about mediation and to consider whether it is a good option for them, but no one can be forced to mediate instead of taking a case to trial.
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