What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party guides and assists two parties in resolving their differences. The mediator helps them discuss the issues in a non-adversarial environment. The mediator does not have the power to impose a resolution. The role of a mediator and the goal of the process is to help the parties achieve their own resolution, one that is acceptable to everyone involved. A mediator is not like a judge; he/she does not decide who is right or wrong in a disagreement or tell the disputing parties how their problem should be handled. During mediation, all parties involved in a conflict explain the problem situation as they see it and present their ideas for how they think the matter should be resolved. Then disputants decide for themselves whether they feel a voluntary settlement to their conflict is possible and, if so, what the terms of the agreement will be. The mediator assists the disputants by guiding them through a step-by-step discussion about their concerns and writing down what they agree to do to fix their problem.
What types of disputes can be handled through mediation?
Mediation can be effective in many different areas including family disputes (elder care, parent/ child and marital conflict, the many issues related to divorce and/ or separation); school disputes (truancy, discipline issues, academic issues); disputes related to community/ neighborhood issues, workplace disagreements, problems with neighbors, and conflicts between a business and consumers. Mediation can be an effective method of resolving any situation where two parties are in disagreement or dispute.
What does mediation cost?
Mediation costs far less than litigation. Even so, a qualified mediator can cost upwards of $150 an hour. The Oaks will provide mediation services for only $45 per hour. Mediation needs for situations dealing with unplanned pregnancies will be offered without charge.
Why try mediation first?
Christian-based mediation allows involved parties to resolve disputes privately and quickly before they escalate to stressful and costly resolutions. Mediation also works to help preserve relationships with those involved, keeping Christ at the center. Mediation can lessen the impact of divorce or separation on children. Mediation gives those in disagreement the opportunity to achieve a creative solution that is beneficial to both parties rather than have a decision mandated to them through the legal system. If mediation can help you to resolve a dispute or disagreement, please give us a call to make an initial appointment at 330-220-7777.
Made possible by a grant through the Medina County Community Fund.