Mediation is an alternative to the litigation process. It is a forum where you and
the other party work together to craft solutions tailored specifically to your needs
in a relaxed environment. Mediation is a voluntary, private and confidential process.
The mediator(s) who assists you through the process is neutral and will not favor
one side or the other.
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the mediation process.
Here is what you can expect at the mediation session:
The mediator(s) will introduce themselves, explain their role and have everyone
The mediator will explain the mediation process, the ground rules, and the Agreement
to Mediate document.
Each party will have the opportunity to share their concerns from their point of
view, without interruption.
The mediator(s) will identify and clarify the issues they hear from the parties.
They will encourage the parties to communicate directly with one another and will
point out any common interests they hear. During
this part of the mediation process, you and the other party
work together to resolve the dispute. There may be times when the mediator will
meet with each party separately.
Any terms of agreement reached in mediation will be put down in writing and signed
by all parties to the dispute. The signed agreement can be enforceable by the court
as is any other contract.
Unlike litigation or arbitration where someone else is in control and will make
a decision for you, in mediation you and the other party are in control and create
your own resolution. This type of environment is meant to be productive and beneficial
for all parties involved.
If you have any questions about the mediation process, please feel free to contact
us at (248) 338-4280.