Mediation is a process by which parties to a dispute are assisted by a neutral party. Through the process, the mediator assists the parties in focussing on their interests rather than on their positions. Interest based mediations offer the parties an opportunity to craft an agreement which will often outline their future rather than assess blame for the past.
The mediator is not a fact finder, judge or arbiter. The mediator is present to manage the neutral process which enables the parties to move forward. The mediation process is voluntary and no party is “stuck” with an agreement that they do not support. Often, mediations can result in an agreement that takes into account interests that would have been disregarded in a traditional court proceeding.
Mutually satisfactory binding agreements crafted in a confidential, cost effective and convenient manner are the goal of mediation. To find out how the mediation process might benefit your business, contact our office today.