What is Mediation?

Mediation is assisted negotiation. It is a structured dispute resolution process where an impartial third party, the mediator, meets with disputing parties in an effort to identify the issues, allows each disputant the opportunity to present their issues, explore options and clarify goals. The mediator facilitates face-to-face meetings of the parties to assist them in reaching a mutually-acceptable solution. Parties reach agreement freely, voluntarily and on the basis of informed consent.  As the "process expert," the mediator helps the parties negotiate efficiently and effectively.

 

The mediator does not offer legal advice, but can offer their opinion regarding settlement solutions. A mediator can also bring new perspectives to the proceeding through their own knowledge of the subject matter. A mediator can also assist parties in exploring alternatives that they might not have otherwise considered. The mediator assists the parties in working through their issues to find a reasonable settlement for their dispute.

 

However, the mediator does not have the authority to make a binding decision in the mediation process. Mediation is voluntary and confidential and can be considerably less expensive than going to trial.

 

Why Choose a Mediator?

  • You are tired of arguing

  • You feel you have tried everything

  • Your time, energy and money are valuable

  • You don’t want to go to court or involve the authorities

  • Though you’re stuck now, you know this problem can be solved

  • The problem keeps coming up again and again

  • The opposing party is unreasonable

  • Your problem is extremely complicated

  • You want to live and work in a respectful environment

  • You value the relationship with the other party

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