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When is it time to end mediation?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | Mediation

Most people who are divorcing still get along enough to work through the majority of their divorce-related issues together. They may get most of a separation agreement put together and then feel that they just can’t agree on the last few topics.

In that case, one suggestion may be to go to mediation. For some, mediation is beneficial and allows them to resolve their disputes. For others, mediation isn’t the right fit.

If you have started mediation but aren’t getting anywhere with it, then it may be time to stop the sessions and opt for other dispute resolution options. 

How do you know when it is time to end mediation?

Mediation typically ends when you come to an agreement or when one person decides to pursue a lawsuit. Mediation is not binding, so most people will go through the sessions and come up with an agreement. Whether or not they agree to it after that point is up to them and their private discussion with their attorney.

Sometimes, ending mediation early is a better option. For example, if your soon-to-be-ex-spouse:

  • Starts arguments
  • Constantly interrupts
  • Refuses to negotiate
  • Doesn’t come to sessions

then it may be time to look into other options, like arbitration or going to trial.

Mediation can be helpful if it’s given time to work

Mediation can be helpful, but it does take time. Most of the time, going to a few sessions will be enough to get through at least some of the disputes holding your divorce back. If it isn’t working, though, you may want to speak with your attorney about other alternative dispute resolution options.