No. The parties have separate rooms and the mediator goes back and forth between the rooms for the discussions.
If a full agreement is reached in mediation, the answer is no. A trial on the issues will not be necessary and our office notifies the Court an agreement has been reached. If a full agreement is not reached in mediation, the answer is yes.
It may not be a choice of whether or not to mediate. Most cases are Court-ordered to attend mediation prior to the final trial date. If the Court has ordered the mediation, the Court will expect that order to be followed.
The mediator will inform the court which party failed to appear at mediation.
You simply proceed with the litigation and final trial, if one has already been set.
We understand that this is a stressful situation and parties involved may want to bring someone with them, however, for their safety and ours, only the parties and their representatives may be present at mediation. Exceptions can be made pending mediators approval, but must be made 14 days before the mediation date.
The mediation fee for a one-half day mediation is $400.00 per side. The mediation fee for a full day of mediation is $600.00 per side. A deposit for half-day mediation is $200.00 and the remaining balance is due on the day of mediation. The deposit for a full day of mediation is $300.00 and the remaining balance is due on the day of mediation. For further explanation of payment deadlines, please refer to our Cost of mediation page.
Once a mediation has been scheduled and confirmed, an agreement of all parties is needed to change the mediation date. Please contact the other side fist, then call our office and we will assist in obtaining a new date. In order to reschedule your mediation the deposit must be paid by both parties before the mediation will be rescheduled. If the mediation is rescheduled a second time the deposit is forfeit and full fees for the new date must be paid at the time of booking the new date. If a rescheduled mediation is cancelled there is no refund of monies paid. If mediation is cancelled within 2 business days of the mediation date, full fees are due.
Generally, if you have an attorney your attorney will come with you to mediation. However, parties are not required to bring an attorney. Please speak to your attorney about this prior to mediation. Parties representing themselves (Pro Se parties) do not have to hire an attorney for mediation.
You may pay your deposit by personal check, credit card, your attorney's check, cash or money order. You may not pay any balance due on the date of mediation with a personal check; all other forms of payment are acceptable. If you want to use a credit card for the deposit, please call our office, 817-284-5500, and we will take your credit card information over the phone.
Call our office at (817) 284-5500 and we will take care of it from there!