Mediation is a way for two parties to resolve their differences without having to call in lawyers and fight it out in court. They can be:
▪ upset spouses,
▪ cranky ex-spouses,
▪ divorced parents,
▪ angry neighbors,
▪ frustrated parents and their teenaged kids,
▪ an employer and employee who are at odds,
▪ or any two “sides” who are mad at each other
Basically, mediation is for anyone who finds themselves in a dispute they can’t resolve themselves.
1) a neutral third party (the mediator) meets with the opposing sides to
2) help them find a mutually satisfactory solution.
3) does not tell the disputants what they should think or agree to,
4) he just keeps the process moving
5) until both sides are satisfied with the solution.
Then the Mediator,
6) helps them create a binding agreement that will help them settle their problems.
Unlike a judge in a courtroom or an arbitrator conducting a binding arbitration, the mediator has no power to impose a solution. No formal, legalistic rules of evidence or procedure control mediation; the mediator and the parties usually agree on their own informal Rules to proceed, though there are general specific procedures that are followed to maintain order and to direct the process.
Here is a list of some of the most common issues that can be resolved peacefully and satisfactorily through mediation:
- ◦ Divorce
- ◦ Parenting Plan/Custody
- ◦ Child Support
- ◦ Spousal Support/Alimony
- ◦ Pre-Nuptial Agreements
- ◦ Business Disputes
- ◦ Eldercare Issues
- ◦ Neighborhood disputes