Is Mediation Right For You?
As with any process, mediation is not for everyone. Some people can work out their terms without outside assistance, while others require legal and/or psychological support.
Your conflict may be family related such as divorce, parenting a teen or blending a family. It may be with your child's teacher or sports coach. It could also be at work within a project team or with a difficult employee.
You have a dispute but you don’t know where to begin. You may want to hire a lawyer in case there is a battle, to ensure that you are not taken advantage of or just to make the other person ‘pay’. While, at the same time you want to keep your legal costs to a minimum, get a fair settlement and resolve issues efficiently in order to move on.
You may just have a communication problem and are unable to resolve it yourself.
Mediation will provide you with a cost effective and timely alternative to fighting your dispute out in court. It will provide you with a fair, safe and balanced process to create solutions.
In order for mediation to be effective the following ground rules must apply:
All parties must be motivated to settle the issues
All parties must be competent to identify their needs, interests and issues (If emotions are high you may need assistance in order to do this)
All parties must understand their basic rights and responsible
All parties must consent to mediation
All parties must be willing to negotiate fairly and share information
There must not be significant power imbalances; such as violence, which would make it difficult or impossible to negotiate.