What is Mediation?
The UPCAP Conflict Resolution Program serves individuals, groups, and organizations in Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This non-profit program provides conflict resolution training, mediation services, and promotes the use of mediation in a wide variety of situations.
In mediation, disputing parties agree to a private, face-to-face meeting with a specially- trained team of volunteer mediators. This team is a neutral third-party that helps the disputants work out a solution to their problem.
Most conflicts are resolved in one session. Sessions typically last one to three hours, and are held at a neutral location.
The steps in the process are as follows:
1. The Mediator(s) explain the mediation process.
2. Each party explains the dispute from their point of view.
3. Mediators help to define the issues or problems involved in the dispute.
4. Possible solutions are presented and discussed.
5. When an agreement is reached, it is put into writing and signed by both parties.
Fees for Mediation Sessions vary depending on the type of case, but are usually much less than legal costs. Mediation Sessions can be scheduled more quickly than a court appearance and still allow you to go to court at a later date.
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