What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process for resolving conflict. A trained, neutral mediator meets with the parties in conflict to help them find ways to resolve their differences and to find a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute. It is not therapy or litigation, and no solution is ever imposed by the mediator.


How does it work?

First, there will be an information session where the process is explained and necessary forms are signed. Next, the mediator will help clarify the issues and help parties analyze information, communicate fairly, generate creative solutions and reach an agreement. Parties discuss the issues openly and identify lasting solutions. Mediators do not assign blame, judge who is right or wrong, or make decisions about what should happen. The mediator will help put the agreement in writing, which may be reviewed by an attorney before signing.

Divorce and family mediation

Divorce and family mediation makes divorce less stressful and uncertain. It helps define new roles and options for the future. Mediation assists in determining the relationships and parenting plan between children and parents. Typical issues include custody, visitation, spousal and child support, parental responsibilities, property division, and post divorce modifications.

Why choose mediation?

  • You can resolve disputes. The goal of mediation is to resolve conflict so you can get on with your life. Experience indicates that compliance with mediated agreements is better than with imposed solutions.
  • You can save time and money. You can enter mediation immediately and work at your own pace. Mediation can be scheduled in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. Mediation usually costs less than other forms of dispute resolution.
  • You maintain control and privacy. Mediation helps you choose the best mutually-acceptable solution to the conflict rather than a third party making a decision for you. The sessions are private and confidential and no information can be released without agreement from participants. Mediation is voluntary and you have the option to stop at any time.
  • You experience a kinder process. Mediation is non-adversarial, is not litigation or arbitration, but rather a collaborative process guided toward a solution everyone can accept. No one assigns blame or imposes a solution, and the process does not occur in public.
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  • You improve relationships. Mediation fosters respect for differences in beliefs and backgrounds. Mediation is likely to reduce anger and stress, build cooperation and make future communication and conflict resolution easier. This helps people preserve and maintain on-going relationships.

Manassas Group Members having special expertise in Mediation: