WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is an informal process that does not require a judge or a jury to resolve the dispute. Parties enlist the assistance of an impartial third party to help them reach a solution. Mediation is a nonbinding and informal and allows the mediator to facilitate communications between you and the disagreeing party. This means that, even though parties have agreed to submit a dispute to mediation, they are not obligated to continue with the mediation process after an initial meeting. This means that the parties always remain in control of the mediation.
Mediation can be beneficial if you want to:
- Attempt to achieve a quick settlement
- Reduce your legal expenses
- Maintain control of the process
- Keep details of the dispute and any resolution confidential if the law allows that
With this process, the mediator helps you communicate with the other party to decide a resolution together and allows more control over both the method and the solution:
- The parties decide where and how the mediation will take place
- Each side has the opportunity to present their side of the issue
- The mediator asks questions to clarify viewpoints and assist with the communication between the parties
- The mediator goes between the parties to negotiate the settlement proposals for a successful resolution