- What is Mediation?
- Is Mediation Right For Me?
- Can I Settle my Divorce Through Mediation?
- What to Expect
- Technology Issues
What Is Mediation?
A Mediator facilitates a confidential meeting between parties in conflict. I Do Mediation utilizes the facilitative model of mediation, which focuses on a face to face interaction between the parties in conflict. The facilitative mediation model strengthens trust between the parties as they overcome issues together.
A mediator is a neutral third party. They are unbiased, and will not judge the merits of an argument or side with either party. The mediator’s role is to help the parties overcome barriers to communication.
There are other models of mediation. Legal offices often utilize “shuttle” mediation. In that process the parties sit in separate rooms with legal counsel while the mediator moves back and forth.
Mediation is a branch of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), aiming to solve disputes outside of the courtroom. The Uniform Mediation Act has been adopted into law in 11 states, and is being considered by more. The law creates protections for mediators and their clients.
Is Mediation Right For Me?
I Do Mediation focuses on assisting people in intimate and family crisis. Some of the issues we help with:
- Roommate Disputes
- Pre Marital Agreements
- Parenting Plans / Child Custody
Any type of conflict may benefit from mediation. If you are stuck, a mediator can help. In some situations the court requires parties to participate in mediation. Let us help your family avoid the courtroom.
If either party in conflict has acted with violence, or threatening behavior towards the other party, mediation is not recommended as a conflict resolution tool.
Can I Settle My Divorce Through Mediation?
Yes! Mediation is the best choice for most couples when working through a divorce. Creating a mediation agreement will save you time, money, stress, and peace of mind.
What to Expect
Both parties will be emailed a video conference link, and payment information. You will need to complete the mediation questionnaire and agreement on the Forms page. At the appointed time, find a quiet, private space with an electrical outlet for charging devices. Join the meeting at the appointed time.
- When you join the meeting you will be linked to a video conference with the mediator and the other party in your dispute.
- The mediator will begin the session by explaining the process, and answering any questions.
- Next, each party will share their perspective while the other party listens quietly. The mediator may ask additional questions during this time.
- The mediator will then work with the parties to create an agenda, identifying the issues for discussion.
- Agenda items are then discussed with the goal of finding mutually acceptable solutions.
- If necessary, the mediator may have a private discussion with each participant. After which the joint session will resume.
- If the parties reach agreements during the mediation, the mediator will facilitate the creation of a Mediation Agreement.
- The parties will sign the agreement and the mediator will provide copies to all parties. Mediation Agreements are durable contracts in a court of law.