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How Do The Parties And The Mediator Work Together?

How Do The Parties And The Mediator Work Together?

The normal process is for the parties and mediator to meet together, at scheduled sessions determined by the parties. Essentially mediation runs like a guided negotiation between the parties, with the mediator facilitating the communication. Most meditations generally run by the following five-stage format:

Stage 1: Establishing the Process: The mediator and the parties agree to a number of guidelines they will follow in the mediation. This usually includes only allowing one person to speak at a time, treating all parties with respect, and confidentially.

Stage 2: Exploring Positions and Interests: The parties usually make their initial statements regarding their disagreement and define what they hope to resolve in the mediation.

Stage 3: Developing Solutions: Each party discusses their interests and possible solutions to resolve their disagreement.

Stage 4: Finalizing A Resolution: The parties assisted by the mediator create a solution mutually agreeable to both parties.

Stage 5:
The Written Agreement: Once agreed on, the solution is formalized in a written resolution agreement.

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