- If you do not show for your scheduled appointment, the next appointment will not be scheduled without payment in advance. The advanced payment will be non-refundable, if you do not show again.
- Items of perceived threat and possible violence such as guns and knives are not permitted at the mediation table even though it is legal to carry them in Vermont.
- Mediation is a private and voluntary process as Parties can stop at any time.
- Parties do not lose their right to go to court with or without an agreement.
- The Mediator is not an attorney and will not provide legal advice.
- The Parties agree to fully disclose all information, financial and otherwise, necessary for the mediation. Subsequent findings of nondisclosure may constitute grounds for nullifying any agreement reached by the parties.
- In the State of Vermont, the Uniform Mediation Act protects the client-mediator relationship in that the Mediator cannot testify in court for either Parties regarding what is discussed at the mediation table unless the privilege is specifically waived by all the Parties to the mediation.
- If an agreement is made the Mediator will write it down in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Parties to sign. This agreement can become legally binding, if it involves issues covered by law, or it may be left as an informal agreement to which is morally binding. The Parties may want to consult an attorney at the end of mediation to put the agreement in the form of a contract.
- If an agreement is not made, you are free to pursue other means of dispute resolution that you feel are appropriate.