What is Mediation?
Mediation is an opportunity for people to talk together and make their own decisions on what to do next, with the help of a neutral mediator.
Mediation is private and confidential.
In mediation, you can tell the other person what is important to you about the situation and how it has affected you. You can tell them what you want them to understand. You can ask questions. You can hear what they have to say.
Sometimes mediation is the only chance people have to talk directly to each other, to talk things through, to be heard.
Most of the time, people hear new information in mediation. Often, people feel heard for the first time.
There is no agreement in mediation unless you both agree to it.
Most people are sure that mediation won’t work for them. Yet over 70% of the people who mediate reach an agreement, and they are surprised. When people do reach agreement, they save money and time and, more importantly, they make their own decisions.
Even when people do not reach an agreement in mediation, they often find that they are clearer on what to do next and better able to move on.
Divorce and Custody Cases
Are you going through a divorce or is there a disagreement over the parenting schedule?
- Do you want to have a say in what is going to happen?
- Do things feel out of control – or like they might get that way?
Over 70% of the people who mediate reach agreements acceptable to both of them. They make their own decisions.
Doubt is common, but most reach agreement on some or all issues. Mediation gives people a chance to make their own decisions and save time and money.
Mediation is not appropriate in every situation – even when it has been court-ordered. If you are afraid to be with the other person or won’t be able to speak up because you’re afraid of being harmed later, you or your attorney can request a waiver or excuse from the court. See I’m afraid or worried for more information. See waiver application for a copy of the form.
As you consider mediation, you may have some questions. This website can help you find out…
Mediation: It’s your solution.