Mediation Saves Money and Resolves Conflict
Overview of counselor-mediation services and how they differ from attorney-mediation. Includestips for choosing a mediator and how to if mediation is a good choice for your situation. Reviewsavailability of mediation in Apex, NC.
Apex, NC, October 12, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Some people just seem to enjoy a good fight, and can tolerate,if not maintain, conflict in their lives for a ridiculously long time. Mediation is not for those people - It isfor the rest of us...the people who would rather have peace in their lives. Professional mediation servicesare now available in Apex at Lifescapes Counseling Associates.So, what is mediation? Most of us think of divorce when we hear the word “mediation”, but mediatorsresolve other conflicts as well. Almost any type of conflict can be mediated rather than litigated, as longas both parties in the dispute wish to have the dispute resolved. This process can be used effectively tosettle property distribution, custody, co-parenting concerns, business and contract matters, neighbor orfamily conflict, and many other civil issues.Mediation is a process that facilitates conflict resolution and agreement among disputing parties.Mediators may be either attorneys or counselors. They have specialized training, and are skilled inde-escalating emotional reactions, encouraging compromise and negotiation, clarifying the contextualissues surrounding a dispute, and simplifying problems. They are, in short, professional solution finders.Mediators provide a more efficient, respectful, and less costly alternative to courtroom litigation.Taking an opponent to court is an expensive and often painful process during which each party workshard to discredit the other side. They leverage evidence and present testimony to create a compelling caseto the judge, who will ultimately decide how the conflict will be resolved. Attorneys are necessary inlitigation, delays are a given, and the pricetag can be very high. The litigants also may not feel that theyhave much control over what is happening once their dispute enters the courtroom, which is the playingfield for their lawyers.The process of mediation tends to be much quicker than litigation in that it takes hours rather than weeksor months, although those hours may need to be split up over several sessions. It is also more respectful tothe disputing parties, in that they are speaking for themselves as they explain their perspective of theissue. The presence of the mediator allows for improved communication among the factions, who areprovided with guidance and a structure that facilitates rational discussion rather than emotional explosion.What should one consider when choosing a mediator? Choosing a professional service provider is animportant decision. In any such situation, one must look at licensure, certification, experience, and cost.There are however, some aspects of this choice that are specific to mediation:1) Do we need a counselor-mediator or an attorney-mediator?Counselor-Mediators are independently licensed mental health professionals with specialized training and