WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation (and its less formal cousin, the 'facilitated conversation') is a cost- and time-effective, out-of-court process for dispute resolution. Participation is voluntary, the conversations are confidential, and the participants make their own decisions.
Mediation provides an opportunity for people in conflict, using a skilled, neutral mediator, to:
clarify issues, interests and needs
understand the alternatives
generate and consider creative solutions
make their own decisions.
WHY USE MEDIATION TO RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTE?
Why resolve a dispute through mediation?
Mediation, as an out-of-court dispute resolution process, can:
reduce stress and time - courts are crowded, dates can be hard to find, the process is lengthy, and postponements can cause delays, whereas mediation can usually be concluded within two to five weeks
reduce costs – in mediation lawyers may or may not be involved, depending on each participant’s choice; and generally, the level of preparation and overhead costs for a mediation is much lower than that of a court hearing
result in a more creative solution
preserve the participants’ relationship, if this is something that is desired
result in an enduring agreement.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SET ASIDE FOR A MEDIATION?
A mediation usually takes somewhere between four to eight hours dependent on the dispute complexity, and may be broken-up across two days. You should allow an additional hour for an individual, pre-mediation intake session plus your own preparation time.
WHAT ARE THE DELIVERY OPTIONS?
The mediation can be delivered face-to-face, by video conference or over the phone, as you require.
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