Mediation is when two parties involve a neutral third party to help them overcome or resolve a dispute or argument.  The third party is not advisory but there to help the parties come to a shared understanding of the situation and to work towards an agreed resolution. Mediation is also sometimes called alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  It can be undertaken by couples, two companies, or even two countries.  Some examples of disputes which may be dealt with or helped by mediation include:

Family:

  • marital disagreements
  • prenuptial agreements
  • separation / divorce
  • financial distribution
  • parental / custody issues
  • elderly care issues
  • sibling conflictsWorkplace:

Workplace:

  • wrongful termination
  • harrassment
  • discrimination
  • grievances

Disputes involving the following issues:

  • landlord/tenant issues
  • builders/contractors/homeowners
  • contracts
  • medical malpractice
  • personal injury
  • partnerships
  • youth/peer mediation
  • violence prevention

Mediation is often cheaper than going to court, quicker and more effective.  It is also more private and discreet.