Connecting Both Sides

​​​​Before, During and After Mediation

Before Mediation

  • Understand the Mediation Process. Understanding what mediation is, how it works, and what benefit it is to you are all important topics you need to know.
  • Organization. Gather and organize all financial information and be sure to bring all documents that you feel are necessary to present during mediation. This will ensure efficient use of time and make mediation more progressive.
  • Outline. Create an outline of issues you want to discuss. Also in this outline, identify and list the strengths and weaknesses with your side of the case. This will allow a common ground to develop and make resolution a priority.
  • Good Faith. Enter the mediation process with the intent to resolve your issue and make every effort to do so.

During Mediation

  • Listen. Listen to the mediator's directions and comments about the mediation session. Mediators want a successful mediation as much as you do and are willing and able to help you succeed. Listen carefully to what the other party is saying
  • Do Not Interrupt. Do not interrupt the other parties. This will ensure that the mediation process continues with ease. Do unto the other party that you would want done to you. Remember, you will have a chance to be heard as well.
  • Common Ground. Working towards a common goal will bring about resolution so that both parties can move beyond the dispute.

After Mediation

  • Commit to the agreement. Make sure you hold up your end of the bargain. The agreement is binding between the parties and each party has a role in executing their portion.
  • Find ease and reassurance. By this point your issue has been dealt with the best way possible. It is important to move beyond the entire situation and look towards a promising future.