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What is Mediation?
Mediation is a confidential way of resolving conflict that involves a neutral third party called a mediator.  The mediator controls the setting and facilitates the resolution process.  Mediators do not have the authority to decide any issue for the parties, and they do not impose their own judgment on the parties.


Why use Mediation?
Mediation is an alternative to litigation or binding arbitration that can be substantially less expensive and is often less time-consuming.  This makes it useful when there are time pressures or financial constraints.

Mediation is often less adversarial and more understandable to the average person than litigation.  A major difference between mediation and litigation is that in mediation, the parties decide on their own solution.  In litigation, others impose a decision on BOTH parties.  It is not uncommon for BOTH parties in a litigation to be unhappy with the outcome.

There is no guarantee that mediation will settle a dispute; however, it is more likely to produce an outcome that matches the interests of the disputing parties than appealing to litigation.  When both parties to a dispute agree to try mediation, the likelihood of reaching agreement is over 80% (Mediation Training Guide, Dr. Gary Lacefield.) 


What are Some Typical Uses of Mediation?
Mediation can be used at any point in a dispute, even after a lawsuit has been filed.  Some common uses of mediation include
  • resolving disputes between individuals.
  • ending conflict and improving morale in the workplace.
  • resolving disputes in families.  Mediation helps divorcing individuals face the expected changes in roles and duties with emotional balance.
  • ensuring communication rather than ignoring problems in hospitals, schools, churches, and other organizations and communities.


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