Mediation is the process by which a third, neutral person facilitates negotiations between parties who are in conflict, and attempts to assist them in working out a solution that is fair, reasonable, and acceptable as a way to resolve the dispute. In mediation the concern is not about who is at fault but rather what can be done to settle the problem.
The neutral person is called a Mediator. The mediator does not act like a judge or jury to make decisions about cases, nor does the mediator dictate what the terms of agreement(s) should be. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between parties, thereby helping them to identify what they can agree upon, and helping them to negotiate points on which they cannot agree.
Mediation conferences are confidential. No recording devices are permitted during the session. No information about the parties or their negotiations leaves the mediation session. The only document leaving the session would be a copy of the agreement or a form stating no agreement was reached. Parties are free and are encouraged to speak honestly without worry that their comments will be repeated by the mediator or other staff. All notes taken by the mediator during the session will be destroyed after the mediation is completed.
If you seek a mediator to help facilitate negotiations in a civil or domestic dispute, schedule a session today at (706) 589 - 9530.