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Definition of Mediation

Mediation may be used as an alternative to filing a lawsuit. It is a voluntary conflict resolution process which is agreed to by all of the parties in a legal dispute. Mediators, impartial third party "judges", will hear the evidence from each party and generate the resolution to the conflict. The goal of mediation is to help each party find a solution which is agreeable to all parties. Mediation is generally collaborative, voluntary, controlled, confidential, informed and impartial. Proponents of mediation argue that voluntary participation can help increase the likelihood of finding a satisfactory solution (as opposed to court decisions).

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