Mediation is a process in which a neutral third person, the mediator, encourages and facilitates the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and nonadversarial process which has the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision making and authority rests entirely with the parties. The mediator acts as a facilitator, guiding the parties in identifying issues, engaging in joint problem-solving, and exploring creative settlement alternatives. Although the process is voluntary and nonbinding, it results in a strikingly high settlement rate. Parties are more satisfied with a mediated resolution, rather than one imposed upon them (such as a court judgment), because they created the solution themselves.
In recent years, the use of mediation has increased greatly in the private and public sectors. It is used for legal and business disputes, government matters, environmental problems, community disagreements and divorce and custody cases. USA&M Midwest is a leader in its region in providing innovative uses of mediation to resolve disputes.
NOTE: Nothing contained herein is intended to give legal advice. Individuals should always consult with an attorney before entering into a contract.