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Mediation as an Alternative to Litigation

Mediation is a voluntary dispute resolution process designed to bring people in conflict together in a face-to-face meeting to work out solutions to their differences. The meeting is facilitated by a specially trained, neutral third-party called a "mediator." The parties negotiate their own settlements. The mediator does not force them to do anything.

Advantages to Mediation
  • It is conveniently located
  • It is informal, inexpensive, and you don't need a lawyer
  • It offers flexible scheduling, including evenings and Saturdays
  • If you don't reach an agreement, you can still bring your case to court
  • It is confidential; there is no public record
  • Parties are generally more satisfied with settlements they negotiate personally, as opposed to those that are ordered by someone not involved.

Kinds of Cases Settled Through Mediation
  • Neighborhood Disputes: noise, pets, property lines, harassment, common driveways, nuisances, minor assaults
  • Family Disputes: parent-child, divorce, separation, child custody, intergenerational, adult guardianship
  • School-Based Mediations: peer mediation, student-teacher, parent-teacher involving such issues as: truancy, fighting, miscommunication and fair play
  • Disputes: landlord-tenant, friends and acquaintances, girlfriend-boyfriend, housemates, roommates
  • Small Claims Disputes: monetary disputes, consumer-repairperson, consumer-mechanic, consumer-merchant
  • Employment Disputes: co-workers, supervisor-employee, employer-employee involving such issues as: discrimination, salary, promotions, accommodations for employees who are disabled, and disparate treatment

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