mediation

What mediation is:

  • A form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) negotiation in which the (two or more) parties are in control;
  • Unlike court procedures, mediation is a cost-effective and resource-focused method involving less bureaucracy and stress;
  • The mediator acts as an intermediary for all parties involved in the dispute and assists them to negotiate a settlement;
  • The parties’ individual interests and needs are always taken into account in the process of mediation;
  • Mediation results in sustainable and viable future-oriented legal and personal agreements (e.g. separation and divorce agreements, access and custody right settlements);
  • as a mediator I bring together opposing parties and replace adversarial confrontation with principled negotiation, aiming to help them to independently reach a workable agreement;

 

What the benefit of mediation is:

  • Time: The mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels;
  • Costs: Aking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs; 
  • Confidentiality: While court hearings can be public, mediation remains strictly confidential;
  • Control: Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution; 
  • Compliance: Because the parties worked it out together, compliance with the mediated agreement is usually high;
  • Preserving relationship: Mediation helps the parties to preserve a relationship they had before (as parents, neighbours, workmates);
  • Support: The mediator helps the parties to think "outside the box" which broadens the range of possible solutions;


 

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