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Mediation is an interactive, structured, and legal process in which disputing parties come together in an attempt to resolve conflict through the application of professional negotiation and communication techniques. Both parties are encouraged to engage actively in the mediation process.

This type of negotiation is also referred to as “face-to-face” mediation. In the past, it was common practice to employ attorneys to mediate these kinds of disputes. However, these days, more people are finding it much more cost effective to engage in mediation themselves. This article describes some of the most important things to think about when you are considering whether or not mediation is right for your situation.

Mediators work in a confidential environment. Both you and your dispute partner will be represented by a neutral third party, with no expectation of privacy or confidentiality. If you are thinking about mediation, you will be assured that all of the parties involved will be given access to relevant documentation.

This can include all correspondence between you and your dispute partner, any court documents, and any financial records that might be pertinent to the dispute.

Mediation may last up to one month and you may even choose to go further than one month if you feel that it’s necessary. However, you will always have the choice to stop the mediation if you feel that the dispute will not be resolved satisfactorily between you and your partner.

This option is open to both of you but you will need to inform the mediator about your intent to do this.