Q. What is Mediation?
A. Mediation is an organized problem solving process that utilizes a professional, impartial third person (the mediator) whose role is to guide the process of the discussion between the parties to assist them in attempting to reach a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator will not determine what the parties must or should do. Unlike litigation where an authority figure imposes a decision on the parties, mediation allows the parties to create their own best outcomes. The parties determine whether an agreement will be reached and, if so, the terms of that arrangement. Since the parties often know their needs better than anyone, they are frequently in the best position to create an outcome that is tailor-made to their own needs and those of their children. When people create their own solutions, they are often more satisfied with the results and thus more willing to actually carry out those arrangements. After an agreement is reached, the parties or their attorneys can ask the Court to order the arrangements agreed to in mediation.
Q. What is Mediation Assessment?
Q. Why would I want to try mediation?
Q. What issues can be mediated?
Q. How much does mediation cost?
Q. What is the attorney's role if I choose to mediate?
Q. Do the Attorneys attend the mediation sessions?
Q. May another person who is not an attorney attend mediation with me?
Q. Is Mediation Always Appropriate?
Q. Am I required to first obtain a referral from the Court in order to participate in mediation?
Q. How long does mediation take?
Q. What if mediation does not lead to an agreement?