This screening protocol is "designed to identify parties involved in divorce or child custody actions for whom mediation may be inappropriate because of domestic violence or child abuse ... ." According to the protocol, the probability of a power imbalance and the potential for minimizing the importance of the violence may result in inherently unsafe agreements. For this reason, cases should be deemed inappropriate for mediation when domestic violence is present.
Model Court Protocol for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Screening in Matters Referred to Domestic Relations MediationMichigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.