The Mediation Approach...
Mediation is an approach to conflict resolution in which the parties are given the opportunity and the help they need to get beyond impasse. Settlement negotiation is facilitated by an independent third party, or mediator, in a voluntary, non-binding and confidential process. This process is useful in addressing not only monetary settlements, but also the underlying emotional issues such settlements often represent. Mediation can help with a wide variety of situations, from workplace conflict to family legal disputes.
Beyond simply reducing the risks inherent in litigation or unaddressed conflict, our services have the potential to create hope where there is despair. Often the parties to a conflict had a warm and productive relationship in the past, which has now deteriorated into disappointment and anger. The process of mediation—which is conducted in an informal, yet structured, forum—allows people to trust that they will be heard, which calms the emotional storms and allows the beginning of mutual understanding. When trust is established, the focus shifts from the pain of the past to creative solutions for the present and future. We help parties effectively improve their ability to communicate by identifying the barriers to settlement, and creating solutions that meet the needs of all.
It’s Your Process
In mediation, the participants are in control. You work together to make the decisions about what is best. You should be prepared to discuss the interests, needs, values, and goals that are motivating you to pursue the matter(s) that have brought you to the table.
It’s Your Choice
You only mediate if you want to, and you have the option to stop at any time.
It’s Your Life
Mediation offers you the opportunity to address the values, goals, and interests that are important to you. No one knows your situation better than you and nobody else can better advocate your needs.
It’s Your Time
The mediation schedule provides a variety of date and time options. In general, initial sessions can be scheduled within one to two weeks of your intake. From start to finish, the entire mediation process is more time efficient when compared to the court process.
It’s Your Money
Mediation is affordable. When compared to attorney fees and the cost of litigation, Mediation has a much better price tag.