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"To assist people in resolving their disputes in a confidential, affordable, and peaceful manner by providing trained mediators in a neutral setting."

 

THE MEDIATION PROCESS

What is the Mediation Process?

  • Mediation is a process in which two or more people involved in a dispute meet in a private, confidential setting, and with the help of a neutral trained mediator together work out a solution to their problem.

  • Mediation is an effective, efficient, affordable alternative to litigation for helping people resolve their differences.

  • Mediation offers the opportunity for parties to participate in resolving their dispute rather than having it resolved for them.

  • During mediation all parties involved in the dispute explain the problem situation as they see it and present their ideas on how they think the matter can be resolved. Mediators help the disputing parties develop and agree upon a realistic, workable solution to their problem.

  • Mediators are community volunteers who receive specialized training in conflict resolution techniques and communication skills. A mediator is not a judge; they do not decide who is right or wrong in a disagreement.

 
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BENEFITS OF MEDIATION

I Should Try Mediation Because…

It works! — Mediation is a “win-win” rather than a “win-lose” solution.  

It’s convenient! — Most mediation sessions are scheduled within two weeks in your hometown and most disputes are resolved in one meeting. 

It’s confidential! — Almost everything disclosed during mediation is confidential and cannot be used in a lawsuit. 

It’s affordable! — Court costs and attorney fees can be avoided or reduced.  

It’s cooperative, not adversarial! — Mediation provides a comfortable, safe and respectful setting for discussion.

It protects your legal remedies! — If mediation does not result in an agreement; you can still go to court.

It allows you to have control of the outcome! — In the mediation process, the people involved in the situation are the ones who control the outcome and create an agreement that works for them. 

It’s forward-looking! — Mediation focuses on what the issues are now, how they can be resolved, and what can be done to avoid similar problems in the future

 

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

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CONTACT COMMUNITY MEDIATION SERVICES

114 E Main St #1, Gaylord, MI 49735

(989) 732-1576

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