What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral third party, with no power to impose a resolution, helps disputing parties try to reach a mutually acceptable settlement.
- Saves time and money
- Avoids litigation
- Reduces emotional costs
- Direct party involvement
- Opens lines of communication
- Parties can go beyond legal scope of their dispute
- Parties can go beyond systematic trading of conventional settlement negotiation
- Settlements based on merits of disputes
- Mediator with expertise helps negotiate complex cases to achieve superior results
The Transformative Approach is people oriented, focusing on empowerment and recognition. The mediator 1) helps the parties understand and analyze the different positions and perspectives brought to the conflict and 2) encourages the parties to discover and develop their own solutions.
The Facilitative Approach is process oriented and focuses on bringing parties together to communicate openly and freely about their conflict in effort to explore potential solutions.
The Evaluative/Directional Approach is mediator oriented, wherein the mediator evaluates the merits of the dispute and related claims to provide opinions and assist the parties with solutions.
*Various forms and styles of mediation can be used. Mediation styles are typically chosen based upon party request, party need, and the nature and complexity of the dispute.