Mediation FAQs

  1. What is mediation?

Mediation is an informal problem-solving conversation facilitated by an experienced third party (the mediator) who helps the parties find a workable and mutual solution.

  1. What are the reasons for meditation?

Typically, parties have specific conflicts and disagreements, concerns that have brought them to mediation, or things they want changed.

  1. Are there other advantages to mediation?

Mediation may also address underlying conflicts and systemic causes that can transform relationships.

  1. What do mediators do?

Mediators guide the process so that the parties do the work of coming up with solutions, and making decisions that are mutually beneficial.

  1. Who are the parties?

The parties may be a person, a group, or a whole community that comes as a unit to the mediation, or represented there, and who share a common identity of interests.

  1. How do mediators end conflicts?

The way out of conflict is through dialogue, which means talking and listening directly to each other. Dialogue broadens the parties’ understanding of their situation, of each other, and of their desired future.

  1. What is the goal of mediation?

The goal of mediation is to find workable, durable solutions that meet the participants practical, emotional, and social concerns as fully as possible. Mediators work to create a cooperative atmosphere for problem solving where the parties themselves plan how they wish to proceed, individually and collectively.

  1. Is mediation forced?

Mediation is confidential and voluntary.

  1. Why engage in mediation?

Mediation is a low-cost alternative to litigation.

 

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