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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?

Self-Referral

Anyone can request mediation by calling the CRC and providing contact information for both parties. The CRC will schedule a mediating session. 

Court Order

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: 

  • Family disputes

  • Divorce

  • Custody and visitation

  • School truancy

  • Special education disputes

  • Disputes over a child's special education program

  • Conflicts with parents

  • Interpersonal conflicts among students

  • Property damage

  • Theft

  • Contested wills and inheritances

  • Senior care and guardianship

  • Business and contract disputes

  • Work conflicts, including sexual misconduct and harassment

  • Debt settlements

  • Property damage

  • Landlord-tenant disputes

  • Neighborhood disagreements

  • Community disputes