As mediators, we facilitate the negotiation of a settlement, or the terms upon which the parties agree. The purpose of mediation is to resolve a dispute without litigation, making the dispute process smoother, faster, and more affordable for everyone involved.
In the mediation process, the power remains entirely with the parties involved in the dispute. The mediator is present to assist in the negation of differences and does not assess blame or render a judgement on the case. Instead, the mediator serves as the neutral point between opposing interests to ensure easy communication, and to moderate and guide the process to help avoid confrontation. The mediator seeks concessions from both parties during this process to help facilitate an acceptable solution.
Mediation sessions may occur jointly with both parties or in one-on-one meetings between one of the involved parties and the mediator. In many cases, the mediation process begins with a joint session to define the issues and ascertain the position and concerns of the involved parties. The resolution may then be pursued on issue-by-issue or in a group. These joint sessions may then followed by separate conferences between the mediator and each individual party.
Generally, the mediation process is held confidentially, and no part of the process or anything discussed during the process can be used by or against any party if the efforts to settle are unsuccessful and a trial or arbitration is held. The end goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties and which both parties will agree to abide by in the future.
Benefits of Mediation:
- Divorce and custody mediation save the cost, time and emotional stress of traditional, adversarial trial proceedings.
- Mediation fosters continued communication between the parties/parents and protects a future working relationship.
- Mediation focuses on problem-solving and the resolution of issues that are important to the parties and the best interest of the children.
If you have any questions about mediation in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, area, please call Family Arbitration and Mediation Center at 610-209-1858 and make your appointment with Shelly Grossman.