|Mediation at Family Co-Mediation usually
begins with a telephone conversation. We talk about your
particular area of concern and determine the appropriateness
as a dispute resolution process.
You might talk with
one or both of us, but we will certainly talk to all
parties involved in the
conflict. That might mean two people involved in a separation
or divorce, or it might mean several people involved
in a family business, or a whole family dealing with
or inheritance issues.
Family Co-Mediation will arrange a first meeting that all parties attend. We
begin that meeting with a general discussion of mediation and how it can be used
help you resolve
your dispute or particular conflict. If all are in agreement, we sign the
Agreement to Mediate form and we continue. If at this point you choose
fee to you. Usually we set aside two hours for our initial meeting, but this
is flexible, and can be longer or shorter, at your request.
Mediation continues in subsequent meetings until the parties involved have reached
a satisfactory agreement. At your request, we will memorialize
in a written Memorandum of Understanding.
During the course of the mediation at
Family Co-Mediation, we are focused on three kinds of
- Procedural – We keep track of
the process and content of decision-making, the goals and
of the parties,
and maintain notes that become the foundation
of a written agreement.
- Facilitative – We keep the process moving by opening channels of communication
and keeping them open. We help you steer clear of conversation-stoppers
and help to maintain your focus on your interests and options.
- Substantive – We can offer information, suggestions and brainstorming
ideas, working with you to construct solutions based on your needs.
Mediators do not
give advice, therapy or counseling.
|At Family Co-Mediation, our practice
is one that is designed to enable clients to participate
to their fullest extent.
We give particular attention to what clients can do on
their own to help make the process more efficient, more
effective, and less costly.
It is unnecessary for parties
to do what they are capable of doing with a little bit
of our assistance.