Mediation

Mediation

This is a confidential process in which a NEUTRAL third party, called a mediator, meets with the disputing parties in an attempt to help them reach an agreement that ends their conflict. Our Mediators are trained professionals who provide the disputing sides a neutral place in which to meet, discuss their problem and try to resolve their differences. State rules decide who can serve as a mediator.
Our Mediators do not impose a solution or forcibly resolve the conflict! Our Mediators may arrange joint meetings or meet with the disputing parties individually. They provide a structured way for the parties to listen and hear each other. In mediation, you and the other party are responsible for reaching an agreement. Your role in mediation is not to try and persuade the mediator, but to try and reach an outcome between you and the other disputing party that you both find acceptable.
Mediation is less formal than litigation or arbitration. You and the other party are encouraged and allowed to reach your own agreements. Mediation can also be non-binding. This means that the disputing parties, even though they agree to attend mediation, do not have to agree to any proposed solution, nor do they have to agree to continue mediation if they do not want to.  If agreement is reached it is considered confidential if the parties agree.