My mediation practice deals with family conflicts, issues of divorce, foreclosures, business matters, and health care concerns. To help you understand why mediation may benefit your situation, here are some commonly asked questions that I feel you'll find useful.
FAQs About Mediation
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process used to help people resolve their conflicts by using a neutral third party (the mediator) professional. The mediator does not judge who is right or who is wrong, but works with the parties to help them arrive at a solution to their own problem.
What does the mediator do?
A skilled and experienced mediator helps frame the issues and concerns and identifies the problem. A mediator works with the individuals to address the needs driving their issues. A mediator can help create an arena for communication and help each party feel heard. The mediator helps manage the emotions of the parties and keeps communications open. The mediator helps parties discuss and develop options with each other and helps people think through their choices. The mediator will articulate and solidify a potential agreement and discuss its implementation. Lastly, the mediator drafts the final agreement which all parties have found satisfactory.
Why does mediation work?
Mediators bring a skillset, experience, and specific procedures to the process including abilities in communications, conflict analysis, problem solving, people and crisis management, maintenance of neutrality, and conflict resolution creativity. Mediators also bring their own personal commitment, vision, and humanity to the negotiation table.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation provides the parties in a dispute control over the outcome, creating greater satisfaction and an increased likelihood that the final agreement will be carried out. Mediation can also save time and money by avoiding the high cost of litigation.
How does the mediator decide the outcome?
The mediator does not decide the outcome. Mediators help parties reach a decision that is acceptable to all parties involved. The goal of mediation is to create a win-win solution.
What are the risks of mediation?
The risks of mediation are very few. Because mediation is voluntary, either party or the mediator can call a halt to it at any time. Neither party is pressured or coerced into accepting any agreement they don't support.
Is mediation confidential?
Unlike litigation, mediation is a confidential process, meaning that the mediator will not disclose any information or material growing out of the mediation without the expressed consent of the parties. This information is not recorded in public records.
How long does a mediation take?
The length of a mediation is determined by a variety of factors including the complexity of the issues, the complexity of the relationships, the number of participants, and the readiness of the parties to explore a mutually satisfying solution. While some mediations are completed within a couple of hours, it can take much longer. It is possible to provide a reasonable estimate of the time needed to resolve a problem once the details of a situation are known.
In addition to my mediation practice, I mentor other mediators and teach those taking the certification courses so that I can share my experience and knowledge with them.