Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Mediation: how can it help me?

In a nutshell, mediation is the process in which parties work with a neutral facilitator to isolate an issue, develop options and consider alternatives to best accommodate their needs.

The mediator’s role is not as a decision maker but to assist the parties in the negotiation so they can reach the agreement themselves. There are very few disputes that cannot be mediated and using this process can avoid the time-consuming and costly process of litigation.

What can be mediated?

  • Civil disputes
  • Resource management cases
  • Family issues: child custody and access arrangements, relationship property and similar disputes
  • Business plans – where parties appear to be heading in different directions
  • Neighbourhood and community issues
  • Civil disputes including contractual issues, leases, partnership or joint venture issues, employment and building disputes.

Why mediation?

  • It is quicker than other forms of dispute resolution
  • It avoids time delays usually associated with litigation
  • Ultimately, it helps parties reach an agreement
  • It assists with communication problems
  • It helps parties to gain a better understanding of their own needs, as well as those of other
  • It reduces the anxiety and other negative effects of a dispute
  • It improves ongoing relationships.
  • It usually solves the problem

To find out more about mediation and how it may help you, please call our office to make an appointment.