While the circumstances in which a duty of care is due may differ, the starting point of liability generally requires sufficient proximity between the parties and, in all circumstances, it is fair, equitable and appropriate to impose a duty of care. When a consultation is given, this can lead to sufficient closeness between the mediator and the parties. This is why no reasonable mediator will ever advise a party in mediation. The Chan Gek Yong/Violet Netto case (in practice L F Violet Netto) and another case  SGHC 208 (`Violet Netto `), which was decided by the Singapore Supreme Court, give us indications of the Court`s general attitude towards mediation and negotiated transaction agreements (`MSAs`). That`s helpful. Sometimes, to streamline the divorce process, couples enter into negotiated settlement agreements before they even file for divorce. This approach will certainly make the experiment quicker and probably less costly, but it also implies the real possibility that a party does not have all the necessary facts. When a party attempts to cancel a negotiated transaction, the court will generally focus its efforts on the state of knowledge of the party challenging the agreement and whether a lack of information compromises its ability to make a reasoned decision. Previous court decisions explicitly recognize two grounds for breaking a transaction agreement: Michael is more often an author and speaker on alternative dispute resolution. He publishes a monthly newsletter entitled “Resolving It” which provides timely advice on successful mediation strategies and discusses current issues, such as commercial arbitration reform and E-Discovery mediation. Divorce is an emotional and emptying experience that can be exacerbated by the burden of litigation.
Some couples try to avoid the possible negative consequences of a decision on their case before a judge by engaging in mediation to obtain a settlement agreement. Mediation can be concluded voluntarily or by court order, a standard practice in divorce cases in Florida, but the trial process and the solution is the same. While the private decision on divorce is abrupt, the resulting transaction agreement may be unfair because of an imbalance of power or a deliberate attempt to keep a spouse in the dark about financial matters. Transaction agreements are treated as contracts that are included in the final divorce decision and make them enforceable. Therefore, the attempt to set them aside or to remove them in substance is not a step that a court is prepared to consider without compelling evidence.