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The Process of Mediation

The Process of Mediation

Mediation is a process used by people in conflict who would like to reach an agreement without going to court. Many times the issues of conflict are not as much about points of law as they are about a failure to communicate. Mediation is a way to restore relationships and develop win-win solutions for all parties. Our mediators guide this process, but the decisions are made by the parties.

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How It Works

When a person calls to schedule mediation, we work with both parties to ensure they are willing to participate. We then schedule a time for the mediation. It usually takes 1-2 weeks to get this meeting scheduled.

During the meeting, the mediators will give each side a chance to express their thoughts and concerns without interruption. Then the mediators help the parties discuss the issues and create solutions.

It is the participants’ job to design a solution that works for them. The mediators are simply there to help both parties talk about the issues constructively, not to tell the parties what to do.

Once an agreement is reached, the mediators will write it up and the parties will sign. This agreement becomes legally binding for all parties.

If the parties are unable to reach agreement, the issue may still be taken to court or other dispute
resolution forums.

Cases that Can Be Mediated

We can provide mediation for almost any type of disagreement or conflict between people. Common examples include:

Any case that could be brought to small claims court
Family differences
Disagreements between neighbors
Property damage
Business and contract disputes
Landlord-tenant issues
Contested wills and inheritance issues
Cases regarding school truancy
Special education cases
Divorce and property settlement
Custody and visitation issues
Adult guardianship

What It Costs

Each party in mediation is responsible for a $75* fee, which is due prior to the mediation. A $25 fee will be charged to any participant who cancels with less than 48 hours notice.

* Grants may cover the cost of some mediations. Contact us for more information.

How to Schedule a Mediation

If you would like to schedule a mediation session, please contact our office at 810-249-2619.