Agreement to Mediate Family Matters
This discussion and any agreement reached are without prejudice
to any party and is a discussion made in pursuit of settlement of
the issues. The memorandum of understanding resulting from these
discussions is not intended to be a legally-binding document, but
rather an expression of the intentions of the parties involved.
Prior to beginning the mediation session, the parties consent to
- All pertinent information will be fully disclosed. The more
open and honest people are during the mediation, the greater the
possibility of a successful agreement.
- All information disclosed during the mediation session will
remain confidential, unless stated beforehand.
- Given that the mediation process is voluntary, any party or
mediator may terminate mediation proceedings at any time.
- All parties will contribute to the fee for mediation, unless
otherwise arranged between the parties. The fee is payable at
the end of each session unless the parties make other arrangements.
- If the parties request that the mediator prepare written summaries
of the discussion, the hourly rate for mediation will apply to
this additional time. Any other services requested by the parties
will be charged at a rate discussed with and accepted by the parties.
- It is recommended that all parties, where appropriate, obtain
legal counsel to advise them on the agreements documented in the
Memorandum of Understanding resulting from the mediation.
- No party will call the mediator as a witness in litigation or
other proceedings. During the mediation process, the mediator
represents each party's interests and will not take sides.
- The mediator is compelled to report any reasonable belief that
a child may be in need of protection, legally required under the
Child, Family and Community Services Act