Why did the mediator stop the mediation without resolving the dispute?
As valuable as it is for me, as mediator, to know how to move a dispute to resolution, it is equally important, if not more so, for me to recognize when a dispute isn’t prepared for resolution and how to move it in the right direction. With the exception of reaching resolution, this is one of the greatest benefits of mediation.
Some of the most successful mediations are those in which the parties never even get to a discussion of money or resolution in the initial mediation session, but evaluate where the case is, where it needs to be and who needs to be involved, in order to achieve the greatest productivity in mediation. At this initial session, the parties through my guidance develop a plan with specific “homework” to be completed before reconvening at a different date.
This “homework” may mean spending some time and money on investigation or making a more cooperative effort between the parties in sharing existing information. Regardless, once this is done, the dispute is usually postured for a realistic and informed evaluation. Often, once the “homework” is complete, further mediation becomes unnecessary and these matters are able to resolve through the efforts the parties alone.
About the Author: Ken Strongman (www.kpstrongman.com) has years of experience and a growing national reputation as a mediator and arbitrator. He has successfully resolved more than a thousand disputes in the fields of construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, and employment. He is also a Mediator and Arbitrator for FINRA.
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