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MEDIATION FOR FAMILIES AND COUPLES IN CONFLICT

•  Are you and your partner in constant conflict and on the brink of a breakup, trial separation, or divorce? Do you still want to try to reconcile your differences?

•  Are you tired of frustrating fights with your teen child?

•  Have you come to an impasse trying to negotiate a child custody and visitation agreement with the father or mother of your children?

•  Are you and your siblings embroiled in an ongoing dispute regarding care-giving arrangements for your elderly parent?

MEDIATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED

•  Are you in a seemingly insurmountable feud with your business partner?

•  Are you in a battle with a sub-contractor or supplier?

•  Have you had a falling out with a client or agent?  

If your answer to any of these or similar questions is yes, then mediation may be right for you. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps disputing parties to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution to their conflict. Mediation is a step-by-step process in which agreement and disagreement are explored, relevant information is collected and shared, options and proposals are discussed, and negotiations between the parties are conducted to resolve the conflict. The mediator does not make any decisions, but rather helps the parties to discuss their viewpoints, generate new options and create effective outcomes. Again, mediation is a voluntary process. Parties are free to leave at any time with or without having reached an agreement. Furthermore, parties do not lose any rights by participating in mediation. If parties do not reach an agreement, they are free to pursue their conflict in another venue, such as court or longer term relationship therapy, if applicable. It is not uncommon for a dispute to require multiple mediation sessions in order to reach an agreement. However, eighty percent of mediations result in some form of agreement between disputing parties.


What are common outcomes of mediation?
Although outcomes vary depending on the agenda of individual clients, some common outcomes include:

  • Reduction in relationship-sabotaging behavior
  • Improved inter-personal communication skills
  • Greater balance between the relationship and individual pursuits
  • Better understanding of and empathy for the other party's wants and needs
  • Increased harmony and overall fulfillment
  • Separation or divorce
  • Dissolution of business partnership
  • Reorganization of business or non-profit team toward improved efficiencies and outcomes
  • A mutually acceptable verbal or written resolution of conflict.