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Online Mediation is a form of conflict resolution and a way to resolve disputes outside the courts and in an online setting. When parties in conflict are unwilling or unable to resolve a dispute, online mediation is a good option. Mediation is generally a structured and hands-on process. During online mediation, the disputing parties voluntarily work with a neutral third party (online mediator) to resolve their dispute.
List of Advantages
Mediation is generally less expensive when contrasted to the expense of litigation or other forms of fighting.
Parties who have reached their own agreement in mediation are generally more likely to follow through and comply with its terms than those whose resolution has been imposed by a third party decision-maker.
While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator know what happened.
Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge or jury.
The parties can tailor their settlement to their particular situation.
Online mediation provides a convenient and efficient way of resolving disputes.
Parties are generally more satisfied with solutions that have been mutually agreed upon, as opposed to solutions that are imposed by a third party decision-maker.
Many disputes occur in the context of relationships that will continue over future years. A mediated settlement that addresses all parties’ interests can often preserve a working relationship in ways that would not be possible in a win/lose decision-making procedure. Mediation can also make the termination of a relationship more amicable.
Parties who mediate their differences are able to attend to the fine details of implementation. Negotiated or mediated agreements can include specially tailored procedures for how the decisions will be carried out. This fact often enhances the likelihood that parties will actually comply with the terms of the settlement.
List of Disadvantages
MEDIATION DOES NOT ALWAYS END IN A SETTLEMENT
Despite the parties’ best efforts, the dispute may not always be resolved after attending a few mediation sessions.
INFORMAL MEDIATION COULD BE A DETRIMENT
The informality of mediation could prove to be a detriment when the parties involved have a disparate level of sophistication, power, and/or resources, which could possibly result in an unfavorable settlement for the party that lacks the sophistication, power, and/or resources to properly understand and resolve the dispute.
THE FINALITY OF MEDIATION COULD BE QUESTIONED
Parties to a settlement agreement may attempt to dispute the settlement agreement and still end up filing suit in court regarding the legitimacy of the settlement agreement. By filing suit, the party has created a new dispute and denied the resolution of the underlying dispute that led the parties to a mediator. One way to ensure that the parties will not have to spend future time still dealing with the same dispute is for the parties to agree that the resolution reached during mediation will be binding on all of the parties involved.
Levels of Mediators
These mediators have at least 100 hours of mediation training and at least 500 hours of mediation experience, agree to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribe to Peace Peddlers’ required standards of mediation practice.
These mediators have at least 100 hours of mediation training and mediated at least 50 cases for at least 200 hours, agree to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribe to Peace Peddlers’ required standards of mediation practice.
These mediators have at least 40 hours of mediation training and mediated at least 10 cases for at least 40 hours, agree to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribe to Peace Peddlers’ required standards of mediation practice.
Types of Matters
Matters for Online Mediation
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