The Mediation Center fills a unique and important niche in the Lincoln community. With a professional staff possessing expertise in the areas of conflict resolution, consensus building, and collaborative strategies, along with the commitment of more than 50 extensively trained, highly skilled mediators, the Center serves thousands of individuals each year. The Mediation Center is proud of the quality and breadth of our programming and committed to increasing people's understanding of mediation as a useful and effective dispute resolution process so they might reach out for services more readily.
Mediation is a non-adversarial process for resolving disputes. At The Mediation Center this process is guided by two skilled neutral third parties referred to as co-mediators. The mediators assist participants to focus on the real issues of the dispute, clarify misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate an agreement. Almost any sort of dispute can be mediated, if both parties agree to discuss the issues. A good example is parents who are divorcing and want to discuss a parenting plan for their children.
The mediation process itself is structured so that persons unfamiliar with the process will quickly become comfortable. At the mediation session each person has the opportunity to share their side of the story and their thoughts about the situation. The parties then begin to work through the issues they want resolved. The mediators will meet with everyone together and may also meet individually with each side. This offers participants the opportunity to communicate to the mediators their real interests in the dispute as well as to vent anger or frustrations outside the presence of the other party. The mediator will work with each person until an agreement is reached that is acceptable to everyone. The agreement is put in writing and signed by the people involved, with the advice of their attorneys.
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