You can adapt the mediation process to suit the needs of each party during the process as well as in reaching a resolution. You may have to choose the location, time frame, people involved, acceptable objective criteria, and other options. Importantly, mediation does not follow a set of rules like a court of laws.
Mediation is an informal process that can be tailored to the needs of each party. It is for parties who want to participate in the resolution of their conflicts and to take part in the final decision. The parties can present their arguments in front of professional mediators in a non-binding manner and are not bound by the formalities of the legal system.
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Mediation is confidential and off-the-record. It is also protected from the media and the public. The mediator must not divulge any information that he/she has heard from either party or to anyone else without consent. This allows the parties to feel comfortable confiding in the mediator. To help each party understand their underlying motivations and to facilitate communication, mediators can meet separately with them.
Mediators help the parties reach a negotiated settlement. This agreement is usually written. If either party is unhappy with the process or its outcome, they may still use another dispute resolution method to resolve the dispute. For example, they could go to court or an arbitrator.
Mediation is usually faster than the judicial process and it is cheaper. It also saves time, money, energy, and costs. Mediation can be scheduled at the parties’ convenience, which avoids long delays in court and the associated costs.