When it seems like conflict is unresolvable, Mediation provides a process to overcome barriers. A mediator helps parties navigate the challenges of overcoming the conflict, allowing the parties to maintain ownership and control over the outcomes.
Since each conflict is different, the process is customized to ensure the greatest success possible. Meetings can take place in person, online, or over the phone. Confidentiality is an integral part of any Mediation. All discussions are strictly confidential and cannot be used in court.
In general, Mediation follows these steps:
1. INITIAL CONSULTATION:
In this step, the Mediator speaks with each party separately. This step can take place over the phone or in-person and allows the Mediator to learn more about you. Here, the location for the Mediation itself is discussed and must be agreed upon by all parties. Before proceeding, parties also agree on the responsibility for covering the costs associated with the Mediation.
2. MEDIATION SESSION(S):
Next, the Mediator and all parties meet to discuss the conflict and brainstorm ideas, working together towards achieving a resolution. Depending on the scope of the conflict, the Mediation process may include one or multiple sessions. As long as all parties remain committed to the process, the Mediation can continue.
3. FORMALIZING THE AGREEMENT:
Once all parties have reached a resolution, the agreement is formalized in writing and signed by all parties. Each party then has ten days to review the agreement, seek legal advice, and address any concerns. After this period, the agreement becomes a binding contract between all parties.