What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which 2 or more people involved in a dispute meet in a private, confidential setting and with the help of a neutral person (a mediator), work out a solution to their problem. A mediator is not a judge; he or she does not decide who is right or wrong. A mediator does not force anybody to reach an agreement they aren't comfortable with or to accept any particular settlement terms.

When you call a mediation center, you will speak with a worker who will take down some basic information and answer any questions you have about mediation. The center then contacts the other party to see if they would like to try mediation. If both parties agree, a mediation session is quickly scheduled.

During the mediation session, each party describes the dispute from their point of view. Then they explain how they think the matter can be resolved. The mediators help the parties focus on the real issues causing the problem, and then help find a workable solution which resolves the problem. When the parties agree on one solution, the agreement is put in writing. Because mediators do not offer legal advice, you should know your legal rights before attending a mediation session. Of course, you are free to consult with or to obtain the services of an attorney to assist you. Attorneys can attend mediation sessions, too.

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