Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that can be used in any situation where the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute. In mediation, a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates communication between the parties concerning the matter(s) in dispute and explores possible solutions to promote understanding and settlement. As self-determination is the fundamental principle of mediation, it requires that the mediation process rely upon the ability of the parties to reach a voluntary agreement. Unlike litigation, mediation is non-adversarial.
As opposed to going to court where a judge makes decisions based on limited information, mediation gives all participants the opportunity to speak and be heard. Mediators are skilled facilitators who encourage appropriate conversation, manage uncomfortable situations, and move the disputing parties towards resolution. Mediation can be stopped by either party or by the mediator, if deemed necessary, at any time.
Advantages of Mediation
What Is Mediation Used For?
Mediation can be used in any situation where the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute. Mediation can either be ordered by the court or arranged voluntarily by the disputing parties. In some cases, mediation is the last option before going to court where a judge will make a decision for the parties based on limited information. Common cases for mediation include: domestic matters (custody and visitation, property settlement, and child support), victim-offender, family disagreements, disputes within school settings or with school personnel, problems in the workplace, or on a larger scale such as between corporations.
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