What happens in mediation?

The process of mediation may be different for different people and problems. Generally, the parties meet with the mediator in one or more sessions. Everyone works to identify what the issues are, determine what information is needed to help solve the problems, work to identify possible solutions and sort out solutions that work for everyone.

If people prefer, the mediator can meet with the parties individually. This is usually necessary where one party has concerns about their safety.

In mediation, the parties choose the outcome. The mediator never tells anyone what choices to make. This is one of the big differences between mediating and going to court. In court, the judge tells you what you will get. In mediation you decide what you will get.

If you request it, Angeles Mediation can provide “evaluative” ¬†feedback on legal issues. For example, if you have a dispute about what the law is on a particular issue, we can offer an opinion about how a court might rule.

Once you have decided how to resolve the case, final documents can be drafted or a Memorandum Agreement can be written up and taken to your lawyers.