When One Parent Refuses to Take Their Child to Mediation

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a process of conflict resolution which helps individuals and couples work through their differences to come to a mutually beneficial solution. It involves both parties meeting with an impartial mediator who facilitates communication in a non-confrontational, problem-solving environment. Mediation can be used for many types of conflicts, including child custody disagreements.


When One Parent Refuses to Participate

When one parent refuses to take their child to mediation, the other parent may feel powerless or frustrated. It can be difficult for the remaining parent to figure out how to move forward when one party is unwilling to participate. Fortunately, there are ways to navigate this situation and obtain a fair outcome.

Strategies for Moving Forward

When one parent refuses to take their child to mediation, the other parent should consider the following strategies:

  • Seek professional help from an experienced mediator. A mediator can assist in developing a plan that works for both parents, without the need for court intervention.
  • Seek out legal counsel. Depending on the situation, a lawyer may be able to provide advice and assistance in navigating the legal implications of the refusal.
  • Focus on the child’s best interests. Remember that the ultimate goal of mediation is to come to an agreement that works for everyone, and especially the child involved.
  • Remain respectful. Even though it can be difficult, it is important to remain respectful when discussing the issue with the other parent.


When one parent refuses to attend a mediation meeting, it can have a significant impact on the process. It is important to explore possible solutions that will help both parents reach a resolution that is in the best interests of the child. At Rhino Mediation, we provide a range of flexible solutions that can help address the issue of one parent refusing to attend. Mediation can also provide many benefits, such as preserving the relationship between the parents and helping them work together for their child’s best interests.

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