How Mediation Works
Mediation can be an effective method for resolving legal conflicts outside of court. As a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation allows disputing parties to come together in an informal setting, discuss the point(s) of content and attempt to work out a resolution with the help of a neutral mediator.
If you are involved in any type of legal dispute, mediation may be a viable option for achieving a positive, cost-effective resolution in an efficient manner. For more information about how mediation can work for you and your dispute, contact Affordable Resolutions, LLC.
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At Affordable Resolutions, LLC, we are proud to provide outstanding mediation services to individuals and businesses at extremely reasonable rates. We offer mediation services for various types of cases and disputes, including (but not necessarily limited to) those involving:
- Family law cases, including divorce and custody disputes
- Employment law disputes, such as those arising from workplace harassment or discrimination claims
- Personal injury cases, including those arising from car crashes and slip-and-fall accidents
- Business disputes, like those involving customers, vendors, contractors and others
- Landlord/tenant disputes, such as those related to security deposits and evictions
- Contract disputes.
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Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our mediation services. Until then, we invite to explore the following for some insightful answers about how mediation works and what you can generally expect from the process.
How Does Mediation Start & What Does the Mediation Process Involve?
Mediation can be voluntarily pursued by disputing parties. It may also be initiated by court order or by an existing legal agreement, like a valid contract that stipulates mediation must be attempted before a dispute goes to court.
Once it has been established that a dispute will be mediated, the mediation process will generally involve:
- The disputing parties meeting in a neutral, non-court setting with an unbiased mediator – Commonly, the mediator will give an introduction, explaining his/her role and the general rules for the mediation process.
- Each side presenting its position and objectives for resolution – This gives each party the opportunity to tell his or her story. While the mediator may ask questions to clarify aspects of these stories, there is not usually a cross-examination (in which the disputing parties question each other about their respective stories).
- The mediator facilitating the conversation to attempt to identify possible solutions – This part of the mediation process can involve additional questions from the mediator and each party taking some separate time to contemplate the issues and options. During this phase of mediation, the mediator may attempt to clarify any miscommunications, highlight points of agreement and/or offer possible solutions.
If both parties can agree on a plan or solution to their dispute, mediation can successfully bring the matter to a close.
What If a Dispute Is Not Resolved in Mediation?
When disputing parties are unable to resolve their conflict in mediation, more formal dispute resolution processes – like arbitration or court proceedings – may be necessary. The nature of the conflict can impact what the next steps, after mediation, may be if a dispute remains unresolved.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
A number of different factors can impact how long mediation may take for a given dispute. These include (and are not limited to):
- The nature and complexity of the dispute
- The willingness and/or ability of each party to compromise and work towards a resolution.
While less complicated cases may take as little as a couple of hours to resolve via mediation, others may take days, weeks or longer to mediate.
To find out how much time you may need to block off to mediate your case, contact Mediator Marc Schtul at Affordable Resolutions, LLC. He is ready to provide you with specific answers, after discussing your situation, needs and objectives.
Is Mediation Confidential?
Yes. Mediation sessions are confidential, meaning that:
- They will not be part of public record – The privacy provided by mediation can be particularly important for disputes involving sensitive matters, like divorce and custody cases, and for disputes involving high-profile parties, who may want to protect their image or reputation as they seek resolutions.
- The details discussed in mediation cannot be disclosed in future court proceedings – This may give disputing parties the freedom to discuss the dispute more openly. In some cases, that can illuminate the heart of the issues and pave the way for more efficient resolutions.
Please note that confidentiality is just one of the various benefits associated with mediation.
Is Mediation Legally Binding?
In general, mediation is NOT a legally binding process. This essentially means that, at any point in the mediation process, either party can choose to terminate the mediation. It also means that the agreements coming out of the process are not necessarily legally binding.
If the parties do reach an agreement via mediation, the agreement can serve as the basis for a future legally binding resolution, as long as the agreement is written and signed by both parties (effectively forming a contract).
Resolve Your Legal Dispute in an Efficient, Cost-Effective Manner: Contact Affordable Resolutions, LLC
If you are ready to resolve a legal dispute without the time, stress and expense of court, call (303) 526-6222 or email our firm for more information about how mediation services can pave the way to a favorable, efficient, affordable resolution to your legal issues.
At Affordable Resolutions, LLC, Greenwood Village Attorney & Mediator Marc H. Schtul, Esq. is highly skilled at facilitating smooth communication and maximizing positive results. Experienced, diligent and solutions-focused, Marc is committed to defining, developing and implementing targeted action plans to:
- Resolve disputes
- Solve problems with creative, effective solutions
- Help parties achieve work out mutually beneficial results so they can put the conflict behind them and move on with their lives.
From offices in Greenwood Village, Marc H. Schtul provides mediation (and other legal) services to clients throughout Arapahoe County and the state of Colorado.