Is a Mediated Settlement Binding?
Mediated settlements must be approved by the Court.
In family disputes, settlements are presented to a Judge who must
approve the settlement. Once approved, an Order is issued which makes the
mediated settlement just as binding as a Judge's decision would be after
litigation and a trial.
In civil disputes, the mediated settlement may be entered as a
judgement, or the parties can agree simply to dismiss any pending lawsuits.