What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral third party assists the people in conflict in reaching a voluntary and negotiated resolution. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process. Any information shared during mediation is strictly confidential. Mediation gives the parties the opportunity to discuss the issues, clear up misunderstandings, determine the interests or concerns, and find areas of agreement to create a resolution that works for everyone involved.
A mediator does not create a resolution for the parties or provides advice. Instead, the mediator helps the parties to agree on a mutually acceptable resolution. Mediation is a collaborative process in which everyone is motivated to work together to solve the issues and reach the best agreements. Each participant has complete decision making power; nothing can be imposed on them. We encourage the participants to be creative in generating possible solutions that work for everyone, so they can control the outcome themselves.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
- Participants have control over the resolution of their own problem. Everyone has an equal say in the process and decide the resolution terms.
- Disputes can be settled promptly.
- A Mediation session can be scheduled as soon as everyone agrees to use mediation to resolve the dispute. No lengthy court docket wait.
- Mediation costs are significantly less than taking a case to trial.
- Mediation promotes better relationships through cooperative problem-solving and improved communication.
- Mediation is private and confidential. The mediator and the people in the dispute must maintain the confidentiality of the information disclosed during mediation.
- Mediation is voluntary. Individuals are not obligated to participate in the process. They can end the mediation session at any time.
- Settlement is voluntary. If you cannot reach an agreement, you still have the right to take the dispute before a judge or jury.
If you believe the above benefits can assist you in achieving your goal of resolving your dispute, then Mediation is for you. Call us today to schedule your session !
How Can I Request a Mediation Session?
If you think mediation would be a suitable option for resolving your dispute, you can contact us either by phone or email. Then we can briefly discuss the mediation process, how it may be applied in your case, and schedule an orientation session. It is important for us to decide together whether mediation is the appropriate avenue for your situation. This initial consultation is free of charge. If you and the other party(s) decide to engage me as your mediator, then an orientation will be scheduled for a fee.