Mediation Process

What is the Mediation Process?

Step One -    you have an issue with someone that you are unable to resolve between yourselves.

Step Two -    you both agree that you would like to try mediation as a way to resolve the conflict.

Step Three -    you both agree on a mediator.

Step Four -    you schedule time with a mediator.

Step Five -    you give the mediator background information on your issue. Remember that the mediator does not advocate for one side or the other. Hence, do NOT give the mediator documents or information that you want kept secret from the other side.

Step Six -    you both meet with the mediator at the arranged time and location. Be on time! While you may bring an attorney if you desire, you will pay for those costs personally.

Step Seven -    the mediator provides general information to both of you and verifies ability to pay for the session.

Step Eight -    the mediator meets with each of you separately to understand each person's side of the story and to look for common ground.

Step Nine -    the mediator reviews the common ground and presents that as a possible solution to the issue. If the parties agree, you proceed to Step Ten, if not, you go back to Step Eight. If after several attempts to find a common ground it is clear there will be no resolution, you proceed to Step Eleven.

Step Ten -    a resolution is drafted incorporating the agreed resolution of the parties and is signed by all.

Step Eleven -    the two parties each pay for one half of the mediator's fee. Note: the one exception to this is if one party is late and keeps everyone waiting. In that case, the late party pays for 100% of the time spent waiting.