Partial Agreements at Mediation
During mediation the parties may reach a partial mediation agreement. While a partial agreement does not resolve the case in its entirety, it limits the issues that must be resolved by the trial court. This helps to reduce attorneys’ fees and promotes judicial economy. For example, the parties may be able to reach an agreement as to how their property will be divided, but cannot agree on whether alimony should be awarded. In these cases, the parties can enter into a partial mediation agreement to resolve the property distribution (also known as equitable distribution), but will leave the alimony portion of the case to be resolved by the trial judge. In certain cases, this may be beneficial as it allows the trial judge to focus on the issues that are truly contested.