Most mediations proceed as follows:
The mediator introduces the mediation, explains the goals and rules of the mediation, and encourages each of you to work cooperatively toward a settlement.
Each of you is invited to describe the dispute and its consequences, financial and otherwise.
The private session is where you meet privately with the mediator.
The mediator will go between the two private rooms or video rooms to discuss the issues and possible solutions.
The mediator continues the exchange as needed during the time allowed.
The mediator will only discuss matters you have given permission to discuss.
These private sessions are the key part of mediation.
After private sessions, the mediator may bring the parties together if requested and both parties agree.
If the parties reach an agreement, the mediator will put the main provisions in writing and ask each side to sign the written summary of the agreement.
If the parties do not reach an agreement, the mediator will help the parties determine whether it would be fruitful to meet again later or continue negotiations by telephone.
It may be that some issues are resolved and some decisions are made how to manage other issues, and they can be agreed in writing to reduce and reframe the issues between the parties.
All aspects of the mediation are confidential.
Timetabled to suit your work, family and personal commitments
No waiting lists
Informal, easy process
Deal with one person throughout
People involved decide what is discussed
Both parties can gain something
Does not require legal representation though legal advice can be helpful
People involved make their own agreement which can be made legally binding