Mediation is a search for a voluntary resolution to a problem. The parties meet and discuss the dispute with the mediator, a neutral third party who guides the conversation. The mediator questions, clarifies, addresses underlying concerns, and finds and exploits common ground. Once resolution is reached, the mediator transcribes the agreement, which when signed by the parties becomes a binding contract. Sessions are confidential, and parties may have lawyers present if they wish. Mediation costs are equally shared.
Mediation can be the process-of-choice for family matters, elder issues, workplace conflicts, and contract disputes where ongoing relationships must be preserved. Robin has handled court-ordered and private mediations between individuals and within groups of thirty and more.