Mediation is a problem solving process in which a skilled professional neutrally engages with the parties to reach a voluntary agreement around their dispute.
The mediator does not decide how the dispute should be resolved, but instead supports the parties in recognizing their unique interests and develop meaningful agreements that are acceptable to those involved.
Mediation can be a meaningful alternative to litigation.
Mediation is typically less expensive.
Mediation is often less time-consuming.
The mediation process keeps the outcome in the hands of the disputing parties rather than in the hands of a judge or jury.
In mediation the parties create their own solutions to the conflict.
When ongoing relationships are important, mediation will resolve the dispute in a non-adversarial way allowing relationships to be repaired and preserved.
Mediation promotes civil communication and negotiation between the parties. The mediator's neutral perspective guides the parties to consider different approaches and alternatives to resolve their conflict. Mediation can lead to solutions where traditional methods have left parties at an inpasse.>