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Unlocking the Six Stages of Mediation: What to Expect

Sept. 17, 2023

If you’re starting mediation, it can be helpful to know what to expect – which is why we’re offering a quick rundown of the six stages of mediation:

  1. Initial Consultation. This is the first meeting with the mediator, where you explain the situation, see if mediation is appropriate, and make sure the mediator is a good fit.

  2. The Session Meeting. If everyone agrees to mediation, both parties will meet with the mediator at a private, agreed-upon location.

  3. Opening Remarks. The mediator will outline any rules and logistics, as well as the topic to be discussed, in order to get everyone on the same page.

  4. Communicating. Both parties have the chance to state their perspectives, feelings, etc., related to the topic. The mediator might ask questions to understand fully.

  5. Problem-Solving. This is when the mediator helps the parties find a solution everyone can agree on by brainstorming a variety of possible solutions.

  6. Session Closing. If the parties come to an agreement, they will sign a document stating they’ll adhere to it. If not, they can schedule another mediation session or stop mediation altogether.

We know mediation can be stressful, which is why we’re here to help it go as smoothly as possible. Reach out if we can be of assistance, and be sure to share this post to spread the knowledge