When a conflict arises between two parties and they are not able to reach an agreement, mediation is one way to address the conflict.  In mediation, two (or more) parties meet with a trained, neutral facilitator to help review the conflict and look at options to resolve the conflict.  Mediation is often less expensive and less time consuming than litigation.  Mediation also allows the parties to be able to decide on their own resolution to a conflict.

Mediation is a great option in many situations including:

Divorce and Custody Mediation

In divorce and custody mediation, the parties meet with the mediator to determine how they will divide the marital property and how to create a parenting plan to address custody of the children.  Your questions about mediation in the family conflict may be answered here.

Civil Mediation

In civil mediation, the parties to a law suit, may meet with a mediator to determine if the case can be settled without extensive litigation. In many jurisdictions mediation is required before a civil case can proceed to a jury trial. 

Elder Mediation

In elder mediation, the mediator works with families to facilitate discussions addressing the changes and stresses that may occur as some family members age.  Often we include caregivers, medical personnel, nursing home staff, or other professionals in the mediation.  

Restorative Justice

When a person has been harmed by criminal wrongdoing, a meeting between the victim and the offender may be desired by the victim.  In those circumstances, a specially trained facilitator may conduct a victim offender conference or dialog.  While differing from civil mediation in many ways, a victim offender dialog may allow for the open communication that may help the victim recover from the traumatic event.

Child Protection Mediation

In some jurisdictions, such as the District of Columbia, cases involving child welfare and actions of the state are referred by the court to mediation to allow for the expansive potential of conflict resolution through mediation.

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For information on mediation, please feel free to download our FREE brochure Mediation: Resolve Your Disputes on Your Own Terms, or contact us to register for mediation or for our free information session about divorce law.

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