Mediation services are an option to consider when traditional dispute resolution methods such as litigation and arbitration have not resulted in a mutually acceptable resolution. Mediation can be used at any time during a dispute, but is often considered the first step toward seeking a resolution of the matter.
During mediation, the mediator is an impartial facilitator who helps the parties focus on their issues, interests and options for settlement. They may meet with the parties individually or together, and they may also help them create options for resolution by helping the parties develop compromise solutions.
The mediation process often provides parties with greater control over the outcome of a case than is possible in court, and it can be less costly. It can also preserve important relationships, both business and personal, that would be likely to be damaged or destroyed through years of litigation.
While there are many places where parties can find mediators, some of the most common include:
When selecting a mediator, it is important to ask about their background and training. In addition, ask what type of cases they have mediated in the past. Do they have a specialty, such as family or divorce mediation? In addition, some mediators charge different rates based on the amount of income earned. This can be helpful if the costs of a mediation are an issue for you and your partner. You should also be sure to ask how long they typically mediate for.