About Mediation

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Mediation is the process in which a trained neutral person, called a mediator, facilitates the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. Mediation is non-adversarial with the objective of helping the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.

Mediation can be used to resolve any dispute but most commonly is used in family/divorce matters and civil/commercial matters. There are many advantages in using mediation in place of the legal proceedings where the parties become adversaries.

What Does the Mediator Do?

  • Explains the mediation process
  • Provides a supportive, non-confrontational setting in which to negotiate
  • Assists the parties to understand and analyze the facts and issues
  • Keeps the parties focused on the issues
  • Helps the parties gain control of their dispute
  • Facilitates creative and cost-effective solutions


Mediation is: Litigation often is:
  • Cooperative
  • Less expensive
  • Quicker
  • Confidential
  • Supportive of relationships
  • Characterized by having all parties being winners
  • Adversarial
  • Expensive
  • Time consuming
  • Public
  • Destructive of long term relationships
  • Characterized by winners and losers









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