Asked about 2 years ago - Minneapolis, MNFlag
My fiance has gone through the medation process more then once and innitially said she did not want the same mediator can she request this or will the courts ask her to keep returning? What if she can not afford more mediation?>\
Mediation may be court-ordered, but often the parties are required in the Order to contact a court-annexed mediation program, at which point they are either assigned a mediator from a list of neutrals or assigned a mediator that they jointly request. If there is some impediment to neutrality (i.e. if the mediator and one of the parties are related, former roomates, friends - or if the mediator has lost or given the appearance that he or she is no longer neutral by, for example, saying something that would suggest a bias in favor of one of the parties during a former mediation) then he or she should not be assigned to the case - and if already assigned, it would be appropriate for a party to request that the program director or coordinator assign a different mediator.
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