What is Mediation? Mediation is a civil and
responsible way to settle a dispute.
When the courts are used to settle personal disputes, such as personal
property, divorce or even child custody, the participants are often left out of
the decision. Two parties go to court when an agreement for settlement cannot
be reached between them. The judge ultimately makes the decision how to settle
the dispute and neither party has control over that decision. Mediation, on the
other hand, is for those who want to make sure they have input on how the
dispute is settled. Since each party has control over the outcome of the
dispute, no lawyers, judges or civil court appearances are needed. Mediation is
non-threatening and can be conducted jointly or separately, depending on the
circumstances and the wishes of each party. Each party is able to come to an
agreement they feel can be lived with.
Most times disputes can be settled in just a couple of hours, however,
some mediations are more complicated and can take an entire day or more. The
cost of mediation is far less than the cost of an attorney; even if took all
day to come to an agreement. All that is needed for a successful mediation are
participating parties who are willing to settle the dispute and an impartial
mediator that has the aptitude to conduct the mediation.
Divorce, co-parenting, child and/or spousal
support, division of assets and debts, or modification of existing orders. pre-
and post-marital agreements, business difficulties, and elder care issues are
just some of the issues mediation can be successfully utilized for.