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What if I prefer to go to trial and do not want to mediate my case?

Once your case has been ordered to mediation, you and your attorney must participate. However, if you believe there is some compelling reason why your case should not be mediated, you may ask the Court to rescind its order. However, do not be too quick to reject the mediation process. Even in cases where parties seem hopelessly at odds, a skillful mediator can sometimes find a way to get opposing parties thinking and talking about ways to resolve their dispute.

Source: North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission pamphlet “Mediated Settlement Conferences in Equitable Distribution and Other Family Financial Cases”
Attribution: North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission