What happens if one party doesn’t show up to mediation?

January 27, 2021

What Happens If One Party Doesn’t Show Up To Mediation?
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Consequences Of Not Attending Mediation

If one party does not attend a court-ordered mediation session, there could be serious consequences. The most common consequence is that the court will find them in contempt of court, which carries potential penalties such as fines or community service. Additionally, if your ex refuses mediation, it could delay the resolution of your case and result in further legal costs for both parties.


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Reasons For Not Attending Mediation

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There are a few reasons why one party may not attend a court-ordered mediation session. These include:

  • Fear of conflict or confrontation
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the process
  • Not understanding the purpose of mediation
  • Feeling like they don’t have enough information or resources to make an informed decision
  • Feeling like they don’t have enough control over the outcome of the process
  • Having difficulty communicating with the other party.


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Rescheduling The Mediation Session

If one party does not attend a court-ordered mediation session, it is important to reschedule as soon as possible. When mediation is ordered by the judge in a divorce case, both spouses have the freedom to choose a date and time for the mediation session that works best for them. If one spouse does not show up for their scheduled session, then it is important to contact them and try to reschedule as soon as possible so that you can move forward with resolving your dispute.

Conclusion

Mediation can be an effective way for couples to resolve disputes without going through a lengthy and expensive legal process. However, if one party does not show up for their scheduled session then there are potential consequences such as being found in contempt of court or facing sanctions from the judge. It is important to remember that even if one spouse refuses to participate in mediation, it does not mean that they will automatically win their case in court – instead, it could actually hurt their chances of success if they are found in contempt of court for refusing to cooperate with the process.


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