Q: CAN MY FRIEND OR RELATIVE COME TO THE MEDIATION?
A: Generally, only the people named in the case participate in a mediation. However, circumstances arise where a support person is helpful. Please discuss any concerns with the CRC staff person when scheduling mediation. All people named in the case must agree on the participation of any outside parties.
Q: CAN I BRING WITNESSES?
No, there is no need for witnesses. The mediator's role is to facilitate the meeting. They will not review evidence or discuss the case with anyone other than the parties involved. The mediator is neutral and will not give recommendations.
Q: CAN MY CHILD COME?
A: Sometimes children attend mediation if there is a reason for them to participate in the session. Both parties must agree. Unfortunately, CRC does not provide child care.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE OTHER PARTY DOES NOT SHOW UP?
A: The CRC is required to report no-show participants for all court ordered mediations or other referring agencies.
Q: I AM AFRAID TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM WITH THE OTHER PARTY, HOW DO YOU HANDLE THIS?
A: The CRC conducts a thorough screening of the parties attending mediation and follows a strict Domestic Violence Screening Protocol when scheduling mediation. Everyone's safety is important.
Q: THERE IS ANOTHER ISSUE, CAN I BRING IT UP?
A: Most of the time, more than one issue can be discussed. However, both parties need to agree what is discussed. Mediators are good at helping people to develop an agenda for discussion.
Q: WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE MEDIATION?
The Community Resolution Center is a non-profit organization. Any fees go to operational expenses.
Q: I CANNOT AFFORD THE MEDIATION FEE.
A: At the time of scheduling, discuss your situation with the CRC staff person. We offer discounted rates to anyone who cannot afford our regular fee, based on income. The fee is waved for Bridge Card holders.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I REFUSE TO MEDIATE?
A: It depends on the source of the mediation referral. If a court case is ordered to mediation, then the CRC is required to report the status of the mediation, including if someone refuses to participate.
If the mediation is a self-referral, then the CRC reports to the requesting party.