Mediation is a negotiation process between two or more parties with the goal of arriving at a mutual agreement. It is a voluntary process in which an unbiased, neutral third-party mediator assists with settlement talks. Any agreement the parties reach is voluntary. The mediator does not act as a judge, or decide the dispute, but rather helps the parties reach an agreement. If the parties involved do not reach an agreement, they lose none of their rights to proceed to court.
Every time a dispute is peacefully resolved, everyone benefits. Relationships are improved, and communities are strengthened
In Greenville County, mediation is required in civil cases in Circuit and Family Court before the case goes to a judge or jury for final disposition. However, people can mediate most any dispute, even before it goes to court, in addition to Circuit Court types of cases (i.e. contact disputes, injury, etc.) and Family Court cases (divorce, property division, child custody, visitation, and support issues). The Upstate Mediation Center also mediates Magistrate Court types of disputes, family disputes, employee/employer disputes, home owner association conflicts, property, nuisance complaints, and lawsuits under $7,500. Call us to find out if your dispute is good for mediation.
Mediation generally begins with each party in a separate room. Parties are brought together only at both parties’ request. The mediator begins by explaining the mediation process and answering any questions the parties may have about mediation. From there, the mediator will work to address any and all issues requiring mediation. This allows each party to express all of their concerns to the mediator so that a comprehensive agreement can be brokered.
Mediation usually proves less costly and time-consuming than litigation because:
Yes. The mediation itself is confidential in that the mediator cannot be subpoenaed into Court to testify as to what was said during mediation. This allows the parties to openly discuss issues without threat of having this information repeated in Court.