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Mediation IS a method of dispute resolution in which an impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates a conversation between parties and works towards compromise.
Mediation IS NOT arbitration or free legal advice. Mediators do not push for resolution and cannot side with either party. Mediators will not give parties legal advice.
Mediation is appropriate for parties open to compromise. Generally speaking, mediation is faster, easier, and less expensive than going through the litigation process.
Mediation may be the right choice if you:
Mediation may not be the right choice if you:
* Note: When appropriate the mediator may be able to keep parties separated during mediation (online or in person) so they do not have to speak directly to each other.
You may request mediation at any time by contacting the investigator assigned to your case. You do not need an attorney to participate in mediation. However, you may find it helpful to have an attorney present during mediation.