Not every dispute can be settled at mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, your case will proceed to trial in due course. The judge will not be informed about the particulars of your mediation conference or told why the case did not settle.
Source: North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission pamphlet “Mediated Settlement Conferences in Equitable Distribution and Other Family Financial Cases”
Attribution: Chief Justice Sarah E. Parker, Supreme Court of North Carolina, Judge W. David Lee, Chairman, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission