Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third party assists two or more participants come to an agreement about issues in dispute. The mediator will help identify participants’ needs, clarify issues, and where possible, reach a workable agreement that fits the particular situation. Participation in mediation is voluntary for all parties.
The mediator, such as Miams mediation, does not take sides or find fault but helps the participants find solutions. The mediator will not provide legal advice or counseling, but is an impartial professional assisting participants to resolve their problems.
Mediation may result in full or partial agreement on the issues. A mediator will prepare a draft summary of the agreements that should be reviewed by participants’ lawyers. A signed agreement may form the basis of a court order.
Mediation is appropriate when there is a need for people in conflict to have an ongoing relationship. For example, Fred and Susan may no longer be husband and wife but they will continue to be parents of their children for years to come.
Mediation is a process that allows participants to speak for themselves, to express their specific needs and concerns. Participants in mediation have to be willing to listen to each other’s point of view to find an acceptable solution for everyone involved.