WHAT IS MEDIATION
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a conversation facilitated by a neutral third party where disputants can meet to discuss their concerns and recognize common interests in order to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Once a solution is reached, a mediator records the agreement, and both parties sign a legally binding contract.
HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK?
When a person calls to schedule a 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 discus 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 issues may still be taken to court or other dispute resolution forums.
WHY USE MEDIATION?
Mediation is a low-cost*, low-stress alternative to court proceedings. CRC mediations show a 70-80% success rate after a single meeting.
Most disputes are resolved within one meeting, and the average meeting length is two hours.
Flexible meeting times are available, including evenings.
*if you are not able to meet the cost of a mediation session, alternate funding options are available.
HOW TO INITIATE MEDIATION?
Anyone can request mediation by calling the CRC and providing contact information for both parties. The CRC will schedule a mediating session.
Judges may order any case to mediation. Parties must then call the CRC to schedule a mediating session.
WHO CAN USE MEDIATION?
Mediation can be used for any situation where people disagree, including:
Custody and visitation
Special education disputes
Disputes over a child's special education program
Conflicts with parents
Interpersonal conflicts among students
Contested wills and inheritances
Senior care and guardianship
Business and contract disputes
Work conflicts, including sexual misconduct and harassment