Preparing for Mediation
Before beginning the process, it is important that each party understands their roles and responsibilities regarding mediation. Because it is a voluntary process, as opposed to court-mandated mediation, both parties must sign and acknowledge their willingness to participate.
Each participant should be prepared to discuss all information relevant to the dispute or to be considered for the resolution. For business or civil conflicts, each party should bring any contracts, existing agreements, leases, expenses and other data that is pertinent to the issue. Those involved with disputes regarding family matters should bring child custody or visitation agreements, support data, and divorce or separation decrees.
We request that potential participants fill out our online contact form, fully describing the type of mediation required in order to allow us to provide the appropriate documentation before scheduling your first session.
The Role of Your Mediator
As an unbiased third-party, your mediator is there to help remove the emotional obstacles that often keep each party from finding a feasible solution to disputes or conflicts. By removing the blame and finger-pointing that often accompanies both personal and business quarrels, a mediator helps each participant focus on the process and mutual resolution. By uncovering the fundamental issues that led to the conflict, he/she helps resolve the problem more effectively, ultimately paving the way towards a mutually-beneficial outcome that is more likely to be adhered to by those involved. A “win-win” situation is the end goal for any experienced mediator.
As a professional mediation service in Lakewood, we strive to offer a safe, nurturing environment that encourages positive engagement and feedback during every session. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about mediation, or our mediators, we invite you to contact us now.