Mediation is a wonderful way to reach a settlement in family law. It’s less time-consuming and less costly than other options. But what if the partner does not want to attend mediation? If you have asked this question in your mind or out loud before, this blog post will shed light on what you need to know about family law mediation.
Can I Force My Spouse to Attend Family Law Mediation?
The answer is yes and no. As a spouse, you have the right to choose how you want to resolve your case because it is a personal matter. However, if you are in need of a divorce, then you might want to consider the following:
Voluntary mediation is a lot faster and less expensive than hearing a divorce case in court. Because the court uses a lot of resources, the entire process takes longer. Mediation lets the parties settle their conflict quickly and in a cost-effective manner.
Mediation gives you the option to work out a conflict that is important to you. Communication is key during the process. If you have a pending issue, do not let it go. If you are willing to fix it, you can also solve it.
Mediation is good for you and for your spouse. It is a chance for you both to find common ground and listen to each other. Mediation can be a way for you to find out more about each other and to think about the future.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation benefits your children as well. If you and your children are close even after your separation, mediation can provide a chance for you to rebuild that relationship. And if you are not sure about what to do as a parent, mediation is a good place to start.
What if My Spouse and I Do Not Agree on a Mediator?
First, you both have to agree on the mediator. If you are not in agreement, then you can ask the court to assign a family law mediator, or you both can submit names of mediators you know. You can ask for a list of mediators, and you can choose a mediator you both can agree on.
What if My Spouse Does Not Want to Mediate?
It is understandable if your spouse does not want to mediate. Do not be offended. There are a lot of reasons why this could happen. The most common one is that the spouse simply does not think it can help the situation. The partner might feel that he or she is right, and the best way to resolve the issue is to go to court. If you can work out a compromise, then mediate. But if you are unable to reach a compromise, then you might want to talk to an attorney about your options.
Do not give up on mediation. It is a great way for you to come to a resolution with your spouse. It can also help you two come to a place where you can learn to work together. It will not be easy, but it is worth it. You and your partner are in different stages of life, and you can change it with a little effort.
Should you need mediation, contact Dreyer and Associates Lawyers LLP. We are committed to preserving the best interests of families across the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland. We have a diverse array of experience across family law, wills and estates, and residential conveyancing, although family law continues to be our focus.