INTRODUCTION TO MEDIATION

Mediation is a process through which people meet to resolve their differences in a peaceful, non-adversarial, confidential and mutually acceptable way. The process offers the opportunity to make decisions that will positively influence how disagreements are resolved now and in the future. Mediation works best when the participants have a vested interest in maintaining a relationship. Mediators have experience to help family members and disputing parties identify their common ground and common interests. Once common interests are identified, mutually agreeable options can emerge. The mediator facilitates this process so the parties can make their own agreements. Because all the decisions are made by you and not imposed by an outsider, you are able to tailor your agreement to fit your particular needs and those of the other parties. The old expression, "If you want something done right, do it yourself", certainly applies here.

The mediator is an impartial third party who helps you:

  • Identify the issues to be discussed

  • Clarify your needs and goals

  • Generate options, along with the other parties, that will meet
    everyone's interests

As mediators, we do not make decisions for you or give you legal advice. The result of the mediation is a written agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"). An MOU can be a legally binding document. It is often a good idea for people going through mediation to have access to additional experts to help address issues relevant to the dispute. Experts such as care managers, financial professionals and attorneys can be very useful resources. The mediators can help you determine if you need additional expertise.

For matters involving legal issues, mediation is a non-adversarial process that is usually less costly than

litigation, and tends to generate more creative and client-centered solutions than would an order from a judge. Because the mediation is confidential, any discussions during the mediation process cannot be brought up in court by the other parties. Mediation does require work and it can be an emotional experience negotiating with family members, caregivers or other parties. We have strategies for helping you to manage your emotions during mediation.

Mediation is a short-term process focused on resolving issues both in the present and the future. Mediation is neither psychotherapy nor counseling and should never be used for that purpose. The length of a mediation session or the number of sessions needed is determined by the parties involved and the complexity of the issues to be resolved. It is important to proceed at a pace that is comfortable for everybody. Since mediation is a case-specific service, we suggest that you contact us for more information regarding your particular situation.

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