HAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a process facilitated by a neutral mediator when two or more parties are not in agreement on one or more issues. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties but provides a structure so that conflict can be reduced or resolved. Mediation explores common ground and helps the parties find an agreeable solution.
In mediation, each person gets to tell their side of the story. Although the mediator is not a judge or a lawyer for either side, he or she is experienced in helping people find solutions that work for everyone, especially the children. Differences are discussed in ways that demonstrate respect and ultimately better understanding of the issues.
WHAT IS A MEDIATOR?
- A mediator is a person who is specially trained to help people resolve conflict.
- A mediator does not impose solutions on people, but helps them find their own solutions to their problems.
- A mediator may provide legal information but does not give legal advice.