Who pays for mediation?

Generally speaking, both parties involved are each responsible for 50% of the cost. In addition to private mediation, there are also some government sponsored programs which tend to be less expensive, and can be paid for by either or both parties.

Do we have to go to mediation?

Not necessarily, but mediation is highly recommended. Why? Because most cases will settle if they mediate. That doesn’t mean that mediation is always required. However, if a party requests the court to order the parties to mediation, courts will order the...