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Mediation and its Irrevocable Nature
In an initial consultation with a prospective client one of the things that gets discussed is Mediation. In nearly every family law matter, mediation is a requirement before the case can be finalized so it is essential to discuss it in that consultation. What gets discussed during mediation is the fact that a mediated settlement agreement is binding and irrevocable. I give a speech to my client every time we attend mediation to make sure my client understands that once he/she signs I cannot undo this agreement and that an Order will get entered based on this agreement. This is beneficial for all parties to the case because they know that once an agreement is reached it cannot be undone. It provides some sense of finality to the issue, even though the lawyers still have to draft the final documents to submit to the Court.