Mediation is a proven and successful process in which a neutral person facilitates communication between two parties in disagreement. The mediator can help the parties to resolve the issue in a way that is acceptable to both parties. Mediation is both voluntary and confidential and is designed to be a safe place for both parties to be heard and to discuss the issues openly and honestly.
In 2007, 91% of all mediations at CRC ended in some form of agreement, with 96% of individuals saying mediation was helpful and that they would use the process again. Ninety-Eight percent of participants said that they would recommend mediation to others. This means that even participants that did not reach an agreement in mediation, felt that the process was helpful in their situation.
Mediation can help bring a resolution to nearly any dispute including:
Divorce or Separation
Family disputes such as child custody, visitation, and/or child support
Neighborhood and housing disputes
Elder Care disputes
The mediator's role is to:
Create a safe environment for discussion
Provide the opportunity for both people to be heard
Help people identify the important issues
Encourage people to think creatively about solutions
Write the agreement in plain English so both people can understand the agreement
During a mediation session each party is given the opportunity to describe the conflict from their point of view. The mediator then helps each party understand the other personís point of view so that the parties can begin to work together. The parties are asked for their ideas as to how to resolve the conflict, giving both parties control over the outcome. When the parties come to an agreement the mediator can create a legally binding document.
Fees for mediation vary depending on the individual case, but usually range from $15ó$120 per hour.
The Conflict Resolution Center serves as the Mediation-Court Coordinator for the 22nd, 23rd, and 25th judicial districts. This program allows the courts in our area to refer any appropriate case to a mediation orientation session with mediation being free of cost to the parties. The referral can be made directly by a judge, by an attorney, or any parties involved. For more information visit the Supreme Courtís Website at www.courts.state.va.us.
For More information:
Please take a look at our Agreement to Mediate Form, which explains the procedure and process of mediation. For more information about mediation contact Eddy Smart at (540)-342-2063 x302. Our office will NOT contact the other person until we have spoken with you. CLICK HEREto pay the Mediation Case Assessment Fee.