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Mediation as a dispute resolution method in Florida

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2022 | Employment Disputes |

As long as more than one person is involved, be it business, family, or friends, disputes are bound to happen. The key is how to resolve them in a way that is fair for all parties and keeps the relationships intact. That’s where mediation in Florida comes in.

Mediation explained

Mediation is a process whereby an impartial third party (the mediator) helps two or more people in conflict reach a mutually agreeable resolution. It is an informal and confidential process that allows the parties to maintain control over the outcome.

The concept of neutrality

According to mediation and collaborative law, a mediator must be neutral. By definition, neutrality is the absence of any bias in relation to either disputing party. It also means the mediator must exclude their personal opinions and beliefs during the mediation process. This allows the mediator to be impartial and focused on helping the parties find a resolution acceptable to both sides through self-determination.

When to choose mediation

Mediation can be a great dispute resolution method if you want an affordable, faster and more amicable solution than going to court. However, you should know that it is an informal method, so if you want a more binding resolution, you must have your agreement in writing and signed by both parties and notarized by the court.

How mediation takes place in Florida

The first step is for both parties to agree to mediate their dispute. They will then find a mediator that they both trust and is neutral. The mediator will set up a meeting with both parties separately, where they will each have an opportunity to explain their side of the story. Then he or she will bring them together to brainstorm possible solutions and find common ground.

If you’re in dispute with someone, mediation may be one of the best ways to resolve it quickly, efficiently and without destroying relationships. But, it’s important to weigh its cons as well to determine if it checks all your boxes. Although litigation is frowned upon, there are circumstances where they are better in conflict resolution than mediation.