A. DESCRIPTION OF PROCESS:
Mediation involves a neutral third party who assists the persons involved in a dispute to come to an agreement. The mediator uses interest-based negotiation to help the parties identify their needs, and understand the other person’s needs better. Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding process that assists people in reaching a workable agreement that fits their needs.
B. POSSIBLE ADVANTAGES:
The possible advantages of mediation are that the authority to make decisions remains with the parties, issues can be resolved in a flexible and creative manner, the parties have an opportunity to communicate effectively with one another ,even if no agreements are reached, it can be quicker and less costly than other process options, court time and costs can be reduced, power can be neutralized, it is focused on the future, emotions can be managed and issues resolved in a respectful environment.
C. POSSIBLE DISADVANTAGES:
The possible disadvantages of mediation are that you will take part in discussions with your former partner, usually in the same room, not all of the issues may be resolved, you will not have your “day in court”, there may be some restrictions on a mediator preparing court documents, and you will require independent legal advice, since a mediator cannot provide legal advice, only general information.
E. SET UP AN APPOINTMENT: