Mediation lets your voice be heard and gives you some control
over what will happen.
What is Mediation?
· An informal process in which a neutral party helps people resolve a conflict.
· Facilitated negotiation between parties where the mediator does not judge the dispute
or tell the parties what the outcome should be.
· A voluntary process with results that can be binding when settlement is reached
and a contract is signed.
· A cooperative process in which people try, in good faith, to reach settlement on
one or more issues in dispute.
Mediation is a process in which the outcome is entirely up to the parties themselves.
Who Should Use Mediation?
Anyone with a dispute involving such issues as: Boundary Business Contract Construction Consumer
Employment and Human Resources Landlord/Tenant
Personal Injury Real Estate
Benefits of Mediation
* Mediation can save time by being scheduled sooner than court or trial dates.
* Mediation can be less costly than litigation because attorneys' fees are less when
the case is settled quickly.
* Mediation is informal and confidential, often reducing the tension caused by conflict.
* Mediation can allow parties to resume or continue a business or personal relationship
after a conflict is resolved.
* Often mediation is ordered by the court for pre-litigation resolution.
* Participants in mediation are more likely to be satisfied with a mediated agreement
than with a court judgment.
* Participants in mediation are more likely to follow the provisions of a mediated
agreement since they develop its terms.
Family mediation resolves disputes between married couples, non-married couples,
extended families, step families and other family relationships, such as grandparents,
adoptions and Elder Care issues. Family mediation allows couples or families to
resolve disputes in a less adversarial way, preserving the relationship or terminating
it in a way that maintains each person’s dignity.
Mediation is recommended for divorce, separation, and post-divorce issues including
child custody, co-parenting schedules, child support and division of property.
When the parties work together to collaborate on an agreement the results benefit
the entire family. Once they go through the process and reach an agreement then communication
improves and working together in the future is much easier, more effective and less
emotional for all the parties.
Civil issues such as conflict in neighborhoods and communities, schools, organizations,
businesses and workplace disputes will benefit from the process of mediation.
Attorneys are welcome but usually do not attend family mediation sessions unless
complicated financial issues are involved. If present, they advise their client of
their legal rights. If attorneys are not present, parties may consult with their
attorney prior to mediation and/or before signing a mediated Memorandum of Agreement.
In mediation the focus is on the parties and finding an equitable solution to the
conflict. The facilitative process we use establishes a balance in the communication
between the parties.
We do not give you a solution, only you have the solution. We help you find