We are experts in mediation. We handle family, civil and school mediations.
Mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes. Mediation has been called ‘no-fault conflict resolution’ because the goal is to find a solution fairly and quickly. It does not try to decide who is right or who is wrong in a costly court battle. The mediator, a neutral third-party, helps disputing parties work together to resolve their differences, and negotiate a mutually beneficial settlement.
Mediation is not limited by the rigidity of the court system. The emphasis is placed on the individuals to resolve their dispute. This enables the parties to better tailor the solutions to meet their needs, and to suit their budget and schedule. The process strives to increase the communication between parties, thereby encouraging future relations.
Let us help you solve your dispute.
Most disputes can be mediated. Mediation is most successful when parties can focus on a common interest or wish to preserve a relationship. We specialize in three areas of mediation - family mediation, civil mediation and school mediation.
Our family mediation practice helps families who are separating or divorcing or coping with elder parents. Both judges and lawyers recognize that family cases are among the most difficult cases handled by the court system. They are not well suited for the typical legal process, because they involve issues that are very personal and emotional, and can often impact the lives of children. Learn more >
Our civil mediation focuses on disputes within the workplace. We help companies resolve internal disputes among staff members and external disputes with clients or suppliers. Our interest-based approach helps parties find a solution fairly and quickly, without costly litigation. This allows disputing parties to resume business as usual with minimal disruption. Learn more >
Our school mediation services help teachers and students focus on teaching and learning. We teach peer mediation programs to help students learn how to resolve conflict peacefully. We work with teachers, students, parents and school heads to mediate disputes including truancy. We also help schools plan and tailor programs for special needs students by working with parents and school staff. Learn more >
typical situations where mediation can help
- You are thinking about taking your dispute to court. You do not need to file a lawsuit to mediate a dispute.
- You want to preserve a relationship being affected by the conflict.
- The dispute is upsetting and affecting your daily life.
- You are concerned about cost of litigation, both financial and emotional.
- You would like to speak to the other party so they may hear your concerns.
- You would like to resolve the dispute yourself without a third party judgment.
Mediation is a better way of resolving disputes.
Mediation encourages creative thinking and problem solving. This allows parties to reach decisions that are tailored to meet their specific needs. It avoids the stress and costs, both emotional and financial, of adversarial litigation. The process is confidential, and held in a neutral and safe environment. This promotes communication and collaboration between disputing parties. Individuals are responsible for their own outcome in mediation. This increases their confidence in solving disputes together, and supports future cooperation. Mediation can be used in a variety of situations, but it is most effective where ongoing relationships are important, such as parenting.
Mediation has been used since ancient times. The mediator, with his ability to bring disputing parties to an amicable resolution, was an ethereal figure in many earlier civilizations and faiths. Confucius believed that the best way to resolve a dispute was through moral persuasion and agreement, rather than coercion. Across all major continents, societies have used village elders, tribal councils, kinship circles, and the like to resolve local disputes.
Mediation is affordable.
We provide affordable and accessible services to our community. Our fees are based on an hourly rate. We do not require a retainer. We offer a sliding scale based upon income. Fees for mediation are divided between both parties except by prior agreement of the parties.
If your case is referred to CMG Foundation by Order of Referral from a General District or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, mediation is provided at no cost to the parties.
Attorneys are always welcome in mediation.
While you do not have to have an attorney to participate in mediation, attorneys are always welcome to attend, to provide legal guidance, and/or to review agreements.
Schedule a mediation with us.
We have a special screening process to ensure that your case is appropriate for mediation. Mediation is not suited to cases where a party wishes to make a legal precedent. Because the goal of mediation is to help parties to work together, both parties must be able to fully participate in the mediation. Contact us to schedule a mediation or to learn more. Contact us >