When is mediation not recommended?
Because of the characteristics of mediation, sometimes people can be too optimist about the results and may believe it’s the answer to any of their problems, but we must be aware that, as in any process, mediation has limitations mainly because it will only work when both members agree to participate and work in the process. When this condition cannot be achieved, mediation is not recommended.
Mediation is not recommended for the following cases:
- When one of the members doesn’t have control of their own will and cannot, therefore make any commitment. Situations where there are problems such as drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling or any other addiction. Before mediation, therapy and work on their addiction will be necessary.
- Mediation is not recommended when one of the members or their children are victims of domestic violence because in these cases the decisions will inevitably be conditioned by the unbalance of power that exists between the couple which will influence agreements due to fear. It can also lead to violent consequences for family members and increase the possibilities of a breach of the pact.