WHAT IS MEDIATION?
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral and impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates communication between negotiating parties which may enable them to reach an agreement. Mediation is an efficient and cost effective method for the resolution of both simple and complex cases.
When is Mediation Appropriate?
Mediation is appropriate when parties want to preserve their ongoing relationships or terminate an existing relationship in the least adversarial and most cooperative way. Because the parties are responsible for making their own decisions, mediation may not be appropriate if a party is unable to negotiate due to substance abuse, psychological impairment, or physical or emotional abuse by the other party.
What Are the Advantages of Mediation?
|Agreements reached through mediation tend to last over time because the people affected by the decisions are the ones making them.|
|When parties reach their own agreement, they avoid unpredictable solutions which often result from the adversarial process.|
|It is generally more cost effective to reach an agreement through the mediation process than through litigation.|
|The mediation process protects the integrity of those in dispute and enhances the possibility of a workable future relationship.|
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