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What is mediation?

Mediation is a facilitated conversation between two or more people who are looking to come to an agreement or to resolve a disagreement, without having to go to court. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process that leads to better understanding of the issue and can provide deeper, long-lasting solutions.

How does mediation work?

Each person presents their views of the problem with the goal of getting to a solution that works for both parties. The mediators provide structure to the process; assisting (rather than directing) the discussion. They help parties define the issues, review the details, explore outcomes, and overall, ensure the parties are able to communicate effectively.

Why is mediation right for you?

You should choose mediation if you want to work with the other party for a good outcome while still seeking what is important to you. You should choose mediation to hear and be heard in a safe and private environment. And you should choose mediation if you want to be in control of the outcome, rather than having it imposed upon you by a judge or arbitrator. Did we also mention that mediation is generally speedier, less stressful, and less expensive than going to court?

What are the outcomes of mediation?

Mediation can lead to a verbal agreement, a written agreement, or a better understanding of the conflict. Because mediation is voluntary, each party has the option to leave the mediation at any time if it is not working for them. If an agreement is reached, Venn Mediation can write up the terms in the parties own words.  And we can also help you get a legally binding document that reflects the decisions reached in mediation.

What is the difference between mediation and litigation?

Mediation lends itself to more personalized agreements than litigating through the courts. In court, you have a judge making all of the decisions. Those decisions could be to your benefit, or they could lead to outcomes you and your lawyer had not anticipated.

Can you have a lawyer or representative present for the mediation session?

Yes, so long as each party agrees. Sometimes only one party will choose to have a lawyer present. And having a lawyer or representative present is not necessary to the process.

How much does mediation cost?

Our fees are reasonable and at a fraction of the cost of attorneys in drawn out court cases. We charge an hourly rate, and payment is due at the end of each session. Please contact our office for more information.

A preliminary consultation is free when both parties attend. There is a cost for individual consultations, but if your mediation begins within one month of the consultation, that cost is applied toward your first session.

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