What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a non-adversarial and cost-effective way to resolve disputes. If you have a disagreement with someone, you can choose to work with a mediator to come to a solution, without a lengthy, stressful, and expensive court battle.
What Is A Mediator?
A mediator is a neutral third party, who works with you and with the opposing party, to help you come to a resolution. The mediator assists both of you in coming up with your own agreement, and does not make any decisions for you. Unlike in court, where the final decision is made by a judge, in mediation, both parties decide together.
How Does Mediation Work?
The mediator starts the process by meeting with you and the other party individually, to determine your needs, and what you are hoping to gain from the mediation.
All of you then meet together to talk about the issue. The mediator helps create an open and honest discussion. The goal of the mediation is for both you and the other party to feel happy with the agreement. Unlike in court, where there is a clear win/lose, in mediation, there is no loser.
The length of the mediation can vary depending on the situation. Sometimes the parties reach an agreement after one session, while other times, it might take many.
After you have discussed the issues, and come to a conclusion that you are all happy with, the mediator will provide you with a written agreement. The agreement is signed by both parties, and is legally binding.
What Is Mediation Used For?
Mediation can be used to resolve family disputes, such as disputes about childcare, property division, or issues relating to the breakdown of a relationship. It can also help to resolve civil disputes, such as disputes about employment, disputes between neighbors, conflicts between family members about the succession of a business, or issues about a loved one’s estate. Anytime there is conflict between individuals, mediation can be helpful.
What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
Mediation creates an opportunity for you and the opposing party to have an open and honest discussion of your concerns, in order to come to a solution. This open communication makes for a better resolution moving forward, and helps preserve, and often even improve, your relationship with the other party. Mediation is less expensive, less time-consuming, and less stressful than court. It provides you with a non-adversarial way to resolve disputes, so that you can move forward with your life.
Why Choose M.J. O’Nions Lawyer & Mediator?
We are experienced in guiding people to a successful resolution of their conflicts. We understand the stress involved in any dispute, and we are here to help. Give us a call for a free, no-obligation, telephone consultation. It would be a privilege to be of service to you.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an alternative to the traditional court process in order to resolve disputes. Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party, the “Mediator,” assists people to resolve their dispute and reach a voluntary settlement. A Mediator is not a judge, he or she helps people negotiate a fair settlement of their dispute.
What Types of Mediation Do You Practice?
Some of the typical Civil Mediation cases involve disputes in employment context such as “Workplace Mediation,” disputes relating to an estate “Estate Mediation,” disputes relating to strata units “Strata Mediation,” or any other dispute people have that needs resolution.
Family Mediation is usually mediation revolving around divorce or the breakup of a relationship. Family Mediation can involve dealing with property division, child guardianship, spousal and child support, etc.
What is Your Mediation Philosophy?
The philosophy of M.J. O’Nions Lawyers & Mediators is to use an array of different types of mediation techniques depending on the situation. We do not necessarily advocate one type of mediation style over another. We believe that each type of mediation has its merits depending on the appropriate circumstances. For example, in Family Mediation we prefer a more interests based approach to mediation.
Advantages of Mediation
- Mediation can save you money compared to litigating in court.
- Mediation will save you time as opposed to a lengthy court process.
- You participate in the resolution of your dispute as opposed to having a judge impose a decision for you.
- People are more inclined to adhere to the agreement or resolution by mediation than from a decision of a judge.
- Mediation is a confidential process between the parties, it does not form part of the public record like a court application.
- The mediation process is less adversarial without the win or loss at court, which leads to a greater chance of preserving relationships.
Why Hire a Lawyer Mediator?
A lawyer mediator can provide legal information informing the participants of the legal issues involved in their dispute. A lawyer mediator can also draft the settlement agreement or separation agreement on behalf of the parties.