Mediation is a process that can be used in many situations where people are struggling to reach an agreement or resolve a dispute.
Your mediation session will be facilitated by Julia Barling, an experienced lawyer and mediator. She will be impartial and unbiased and will not have any personal involvement in the problem being resolved.
Julia will support you to discuss the issues, understand each other’s point of view and explore possible options for resolving the problem.
When an agreement is possible, Julia will help you write up the points of agreement. Each person will then have a copy of the agreement that was reached and what each person has committed to do.
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As your mediator, Julia will help you to talk to the other person about the issues that are causing problems for both of you. Julia will make sure that it is safe for you to meet and that the conversation is respectful and productive. She will also help you focus on the future and how you can move forward.
Mediation is a voluntary process. All parties involved are responsible for working together to find workable solutions to your issues. Julia will help you to test these solutions and to clarify who needs to do what. These solutions may not be perfect, but are solutions that you can live with, and will help you to move forward with your life.
JULIA WILL HELP YOU BOTH:
have your say
be heard equally and fairly
work out what issues are important to you and why
find areas of agreement and common ground
work with each of you to help find solutions for the identified issues
JULIA WILL NOT:
give you legal, financial or personal advice.
judge you or decide who is right or wrong
take sides or make decisions for you
tell you what agreement you should make
Trying to sort out problems in mediation is better than going to Court for many reasons.
Mediation is a voluntary process. That means, if each of you agree to mediation, you have committed to try and resolve the issues.
Mediation is private and confidential.
Offers made, information shared, and the things discussed and considered in mediation are not admissible as evidence in Court.
Mediation costs are a fraction of the cost of going to Court.
Mediation is an informal process. You decide what you discuss, and take breaks when you need.
Julia will create a safe environment where you can speak openly about the impact the conflict has had on you and what you need for it to be resolved. This allows you to discuss issues, explore options and reach agreements that meet your needs and interests.
Non-participating support persons are welcome to attend the mediation, subject to the agreement of all parties.
Depending on the issues between you, your agreement may be a simple handshake agreement, a written reminder, a signed agreement which has some weight, or you can take steps after the mediation to make your agreement legally enforceable.
Mediation can be arranged at short notice – the process can usually get started within a week or two.
Agreements reached in mediation are your decisions about what will work for each of you. Because of this, the agreements are generally more likely to be successful in the long run and will be less likely to require further resolution or legal intervention.