What is a Professional Mediator?
When negotiators can’t come to agreement but want to avoid an expensive, time-consuming, and potentially rancorous lawsuit, a professional mediator is often their most logical choice.
In mediation, a professional mediator assists disputants in working together to craft a resolution that each side values. Mediators encourage parties to share information about their positions and explore innovative means of coming together.
A professional mediator brings a number of benefits to the dispute-resolution process. To begin with, mediation strategies prompt disputants to be proactive about finding a solution to their shared problem. By brainstorming and collaborating, parties in conflict often strengthen their relationship during mediation and are better equipped to work together in the future.
We tend to think mediation processes are all alike, but in fact, a professional mediator may follow different approaches depending on the type of conflict they are dealing with.
For example, standing in direct contrast to facilitative mediation is evaluative mediation, a type of mediation in which a professional mediator is more likely to make recommendations and suggestions. Instead of focusing primarily on the underlying interests of the parties involved, evaluative mediators may be more likely to help parties assess the legal merits of their arguments and make fairness determinations. Evaluative mediation is most often used in court-mandated mediation, and evaluative mediators are often attorneys who have legal expertise in the area of the dispute.
Mediation is often thought of as a last step to adjudicate disputes. But there are advantages of using mediation early in the process to solve problems and reach voluntary compliance agreements.
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