No. Signing of a Mediated Settlement Agreement is completely voluntary. You are not required to settle at mediation, but mediation is often court-ordered, BECAUSE IT WORKS! Overall, mediations resolve 70 to 80% of cases, with the percentage being even higher in family law cases. Mediation gives YOU the control in deciding what happens in your case, rather than relinquishing that control to a judge who does not know you, your spouse, or your children.
In my experience, there is nothing closer to people’s hearts than their children and their money. Family law invariably involves both of those issues, making personal control over these decisions even more critical.