Most of my clients tell me the same thing – they want their family matters resolved fairly, efficiently, without delay and without the need for court proceedings. These goals can only be met by providing timely and accurate financial disclosure. In a nut shell, financial disclosure is a corner stone for resolving issues in family law. Lawyers do not negotiate final settlements without it, mediators do not mediate without it, and courts do not allow parties to proceed without it.
Parties to mediation must expect that, at the very minimum, they will need to provide financial statements as well as documents confirming the information contained in those financial statements. Any mediator allowing the mediation process to proceed without it, would be negligent.