Solutions & Resolutions mediates for clients day in and day out. We understand that most people are not as familiar with the process as we are. Which is why we want to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the process. That way, if you are considering mediation for your divorce, HOA dispute, or any other matter, you can be fully informed.
For starters, what even is mediation? The short answer is that it is a process of resolving disputes through negotiation and communication between the parties involved, with the assistance of a trained mediator.
Mediation is used to resolve a wide range of disputes, including those related to divorce, workplace conflicts, contract disputes, and personal injury cases. If you are interested to see what our team has experience mediating, take a look at our mediation areas here.
A mediator is a neutral third party who helps the parties in dispute to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions but facilitates communication between the parties.
Mediation typically involves a series of meetings between the parties and the mediator. The mediator helps the parties to identify the issues in dispute and explore potential solutions. The parties work together to find a mutually acceptable agreement. Some meetings may be held with all parties in the same room, and others may not.
Mediation is not binding on its own, but if the parties reach an agreement, they can choose to sign a binding agreement that is enforceable in court.
The length of mediation depends on the complexity of the dispute and the willingness of the parties to work together. Some disputes can be resolved in a single session, while others may require several meetings. One thing is for certain, though. Mediation almost always is a more brief process than settling disputes in court.
Yes, mediation can be used as an alternative to going to court. Many courts require parties to attempt mediation before proceeding to trial.
Yes, mediation is confidential. The mediator and the parties involved are not allowed to disclose the details of the mediation sessions to anyone outside of the mediation process. It is far more confidential than court hearings where the court's records are public.
Mediation is often more affordable than going to court because it typically involves fewer fees and costs. The cost of mediation can vary depending on the mediator's fees, the number of sessions, and the complexity of the dispute.
If mediation sounds like something that could help you resolve a dispute, reach out to Solutions & Resolutions today.