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The mediation process begins with an impartial third party stepping in to help parties engage in appropriate problem-solving conversations. The role of the mediator is to help the parties identify issues important to them and assist each party in effective ways to communicate with one another. The mediator is not an advocate for either side, but instead provides guidance through the issues to help the parties find effective ways to resolve their issues. The mediator does not and should not make decisions for the parties and should ensure that there is a reasonable exchange of information, that the process is fair and that both parties can participate in a manner that allows them to feel heard and understood so they can both participate in negotiations, that unreasonable positions are discussed in a safe manner and neither party feels pressured to make an agreement.
Once parties are able to communicate more effectively with one another they can reduce misunderstandings amongst themselves, identify areas in which they can begin to compromise and clarify their priorities, better negotiate their differences, and in some instances conclude their conversations with appropriate mutual agreements.
Mediation can be ordered by the Court in certain situations but is also frequently used by agreement of the parties, sometimes before action is ever taken in Court.
Mediation provides parties with an opportunity to resolve their disputes themselves while reducing the costs to both parties by avoiding the additional expenses associated with a highly contested trial. It can reduce the amount of time and stress involved with contested court cases. Mediation also allows the parties to maintain control over the outcome of their case. When parties can communicate effectively and come to mutual agreements, this allows for the parties to leave feeling empowered, heard, and validated. Participating in mediation also increases the likelihood of compliance and longevity of mutual agreements because parties have the opportunity to draft creative, customized resolutions that fit their particular circumstances rather than being stuffed into a cookie cutter pattern agreement that doesn't necessarily fit their family.
Research indicates that many parties who choose to participate in mediation are able to reach agreements and are often more satisfied with a process where they feel heard and understood; they participate directly in creating their own solutions; further damage to their relationship is prevented and communication is improved.
For the mediation process to work both parties must be fully committed to making a positive effort. Mediation is a voluntary process that requires good faith participation from all parties involved. If you want to experience positive results, you must engage in positive participation. If either party is going because they are forced to go and they do not even attempt to participate with some level of positive effort, the process will ultimately fail.
At Faurot Family Law, our certified, experienced Family Law Mediator is dedicated to the process of alternative dispute resolution and to assisting you in resolving all conflicts you may be experiencing. Whether you need assistance with a custody dispute, division of marital property and debts, spousal support/maintenance issue, modification of a prior judgment, visitation issues, child support or even issues related to termination of your parental rights, we are here to help.
If you have questions about mediation, contact our Columbia, Missouri Mediator today. You can reach us online or by phone at 573.449.4473.
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