Mediation is a process in which a mediator helps parties negotiate their differences with an eye toward resolution and settlement.
Does the mediator decide our case like a judge?
- The mediator has no authority to decide or impose a settlement upon the parties, but instead tries to empower the parties to make the decisions themselves.
- A mediator is not acting as a judge or a lawyer.
- A mediator is a third-party neutral that can be creative in helping you reach a resolution.
Do I have to sit in a room with the other party?
- No. Mediation is fluid process that allows the parties to come together in one room, when appropriate, and to separate into their own rooms, when appropriate.
This sounds great. How do we start this process?
Mediation is a process that may be used prior to filing a court action or after filing a court action. The process is completely voluntary; however, knowing you have control over the outcome and that you can be creative in crafting solutions steers most cases to a resolution.
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