Mediation Centers
 
     
  How Mediation Works
 
  • At the first meeting the individuals involved in the dispute explain their sides and their understandings of the disagreement.
 
  • Parties are heard and have their points of view acknowledged. At subsequent meetings:
 
 
  • The mediator helps them examine their situation in terms of their interests and needs.
 
 
  • The parties gather relevant information, and discuss possible solutions.
 
 
  • The mediator assists the parties in developing a mutually acceptable agreement.
 
 
  • The agreement is put in writing and reviewed by each of the parties legal counsel prior to signing.
 
 
  • The individuals involved in the dispute sign and each receive copies of the binding agreement, which is then incorporated into the judgment through appropriate legal procedure.