WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties to a dispute meet with an impartial third person, the mediator, in a joint effort to reach a resolution to that dispute. The mediator works with the parties, together and separately, to identify the barriers to resolution and to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. Mediation can occur before a suit is filed or after; the earlier your dispute is referred to mediation, the more time-and-cost-effective you can expect the process to be.
WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?
Mediation is voluntary; no one will force a resolution that you do not agree with.
Mediation seeks creative ways of resolving a conflict; you can make suggestions and maintain control over the outcome in a way that more traditional approaches to dispute resolution do not allow.
Mediation is conducted in a mutually respectful environment where all participants and all points of view are heard, and collaborative solutions are reached. Unlike in court, you are not sworn in as a witness, and no record of the proceedings is kept.
Mediation is time-and-cost efficient; it avoids lengthy litigation, allowing you to put the conflict to rest sooner and move on.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME WHEN I CHOOSE MEDIATION?
When you choose mediation, you should come to the table with an open mind, a willingness to participate and take the time necessary to move the dispute toward resolution, and a commitment to abide by the terms of any settlement that you reach. You will sign an agreement to mediate, negotiate in good faith, and at its conclusion you will have the opportunity to comment on the mediation experience.