Court & Stults – Mediation

In a mediation, one specially trained impartial third party helps two (or more) people explore their interests. Their interests are the underlying motivators that that drive their wants, claims, demands, and refusals. Understanding and addressing interests allows negotiating parties to get to the heart of their demands, and realize there may be more than one way to achieve their goals. In this way they can make mutually acceptable decisions about their property, business, family issues, children and financial future. 

A mediator informs parties what the issues may be, and facilitates a conversation between them in which both respectfully listen and hear each other, and effectively communicate those things that matter most to them. 

A mediator will prepare a memorandum of understanding between the parties which can then be presented to independent legal counsel for preparation of legally binding documents. 

Mediators do not represent one part or the other. The decision to hire a mediator has to be made between the parties, and both parties come together to retain a mediator.

Mediation may be suitable for:

– Families including negotiating separation agreements, cohabitation or prenuptial agreements, or bumps along the road after an agreement is already in place

– Business disputes, especially when family members are involved or a relationship needs to be preserved

– Employment disputes