Answers to frequently asked questions about mediation.
Mediation is a conversation or negotiation with the aid of a neutral third party. It is a structured process where people can listen to and understand each other’s points of view, and eventually come to their own resolution.
Mediators manage and facilitate negotiation. They help parties communicate and help them find creative ways of resolving their difficulties.
Mediation offers the parties in a dispute control over the outcome of their conflict. Research indicates that people are more likely to respect a settlement that they have had a hand in crafting. Mediation is typically faster, less expensive, and less stressful than solving disputes in the courts. Mediation is especially suited for parties who expect to have an ongoing relationship. Because the parties in mediation work together to face their difficulties, it can preserve and even strengthen relationships.
If necessary, we can speak to the other party and help them understand the benefits of a negotiated settlement. If they’re still not willing to try, consider conflict coaching for yourself.
Whether it is a dispute between two business partners or a long-standing conflict with many stakeholders, we will craft a solution that makes everyone feel heard and gives them a real stake in the outcome.
Cost typically depends on the number of parties involved, the complexity of the dispute, and the length of time it has been going on. After you speak with us, we’ll be able to give you a clearer idea.
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