Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps you reach a mutually agreeable resolution of a dispute. Mediation is often used to resolve disputes in a variety of areas, including family law, business law, and employment law.
Mediation can be a more efficient and cost-effective way to resolve disputes than traditional litigation. It can also help to preserve relationships, which can be especially important in family law disputes.
Benefits of mediation:
- Confidential: Mediation is a confidential process, which means that your discussions with the mediator are not admissible in court. This can be important if you are concerned about the privacy of your dispute.
- Voluntary: Mediation is a voluntary process, which means that you are not required to reach a resolution. If you’re unable to reach an agreement, you can still choose to litigate your dispute.
- Control: In mediation, you have control over the outcome of your dispute. The mediator does not impose a decision. Instead, the mediator helps you communicate and negotiate effectively in order to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
- Efficient and cost-effective: Mediation is often a more efficient and cost-effective way to resolve disputes than traditional litigation, because it typically takes less time than litigation.
Q: What types of disputes can be mediated?
A: Mediation can be used to resolve a wide variety of disputes, including:
- Family law disputes (such as divorce, child custody, and child support)
- Business law disputes (such as contracts, partnerships, and shareholder disputes)
- Employment law disputes (such as wrongful termination, discrimination, and harassment)
- Civil disputes (such as personal injury, property damage, and neighbor disputes)
Q: How does mediation work?
A: The mediation process typically involves the following steps:
- Individual caucuses: The mediator meets with each party individually to discuss their interests and concerns.
- Joint sessions: The parties and the mediator meet together to discuss the dispute and to explore possible solutions.
- Agreement: If the parties are able to reach an agreement, they will sign a written settlement agreement.
Q: How much does mediation cost?
A: The cost of mediation will vary depending on the length and complexity of the mediation. However, mediation is generally less expensive than traditional litigation.
If you are considering mediation, it is important to choose a qualified mediator who has experience in the area of law that your dispute involves. Schedule a mediation appointment for all but family law with Attorney James Naugler. Mediation appointments are available via telephone, ZOOM, or in-person. Jim has been practicing in La Crosse, Wisconsin since 1979. For family law, schedule an appointment with Attorney Joseph Skemp.