Critical times of conflict test our character like nothing else … but conflict is not something to be afraid of or ignore. Often, good things are waiting on the other side of conflict. Mediation is the process of problem solving, which “parties in dispute” can use to reach mutually agreed upon “win-win” solutions. With the help of a mediator, an impartial third party, guides them through the resolution process and ensures each party feels heard and understood.
Areas of Focus:
Family Mediation; To repair or rebuild family relationships in conflict
Co-Parenting Mediation; Whether married or unmarried
Post-Divorce Mediation; Determining solutions for unexpected details or evolving parenting plans
Parent-Youth Mediation; Getting your children involved in problem solving parent-child issue
Eldercare; Assisting the family making decisions with and for elderly family members in need of change
Organizational Conflict Resolution; Whether corporate or organizational conflicts that inhibit results
What is Mediation?
Mediation is the process of using an impartial third party (the mediator) to resolve a conflict that is satisfying and agreeable to both parties. The mediator creates a judgment-free environment to ensure that each party feels heard and understood. The mediator removes any sense of who is right and who is wrong, and discourages blame or shame of past actions and helps the conflicted to work together in developing the a solution.
The mediator is not making any of the decisions, but is there to simply guide the participating parties through their discussions. The mediator can’t force a decision on either party. Also, mediated agreements, especially one’s involving families and divorce, often include solutions tailored to specific situations, and are not typically available in arbitration or litigation through the court system.
At the conclusion, your mediator completes a Memorandum of Agreement detailing the outcome, which is then filed with the court. To get more information, request a FREE one hour orientation. During this session you will learn more details about the process and you will be able to ask any questions.
Who Can Mediate?
Professionals come to the field of mediation with different backgrounds, including psychology, business, social work, therapy, and the legal field.
No matter which, all must be trained to mediate, as mediation requires a very different skill set than litigation, legal negotiation, counseling, management or psychotherapy.
The Minnesota State Court system requires that all “qualified” mediators complete a course certified through State Court Administration. The course must meet the requirements in Rule 114.13. After completion, a qualified neutral can be listed on the Rule 114 Neutral Roster with the Minnesota State Court system.
At F.A.I.R. Solutions, it is our belief that real mediation is facilitating a productive dialogue through which the parties are then able to create their own mutually satisfying outcome.