What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process by which an impartial third party, the mediator, facilitates communication between parties in conflict about any number of issues. The mediator has no power to make decisions for the parties. Rather, the mediator’s goal is to assist and encourage disputing parties in reaching a voluntary, fully informed and mutually acceptable agreement. The mediator uses their skills and experience to establish a framework and process within which the parties can communicate.
Advantages of Mediation
Mediation provides a quick and relatively inexpensive way for contesting parties to settle their dispute, or at least reach an agreement on one or many issues. If there is a pending lawsuit, as for a divorce, mediation can help the parties come to a resolution without having a win/lose agenda like there is when litigation is involved, therefore creating and preserving a cooperating relationship that is so important when co-parenting children from the marriage. Most importantly, the parties craft their own result—an agreement can occur only if each side accepts the outcome. In mediation, the parties negotiate the settlement themselves and know what the result will be, eliminating the risk of a jury or judge imposing a result that does not truly “fit” the parties’ needs.
If you are wondering if your situation is appropriate for mediation, you can set up a time for a telephone consultation with Kris or Cynthia by calling 801-624-9555. At this time, you can give a general overview of your issue of concern, and ask questions regarding the mediation process, time, cost, etc. If it is determined that mediation fits your need, a time for a session will be set up, and appropriate paperwork for your particular situation will be sent to you and any other parties that will be involved.