What is mediation?
Mediation is a non-adversarial process in which a neutral mediator guides the parties toward a mutually beneficial resolution of their dispute. The mediator acts as a catalyst, helping the parties to reach agreement by identifying issues, understanding risks, exploring options, and weighing the consequences of not settling.
How does mediation differ from arbitration?
Arbitration is an adversarial process in which each side presents evidence. The proceedings are less formal than court proceedings, but the arbitrator, much like a judge, decides all questions of law and fact and imposes a decision on the parties. The parties relinquish control of the decision-making process and one side or the other is generally unhappy with the result. By contrast, in mediation the mediator helps the parties to decide for themselves whether and on what terms to settle. The parties in mediation remain in complete control of the decision-making process.
What are the benefits of mediation?
There are many benefits of mediation, including the following:
In mediation, the parties can fashion creative solutions to their dispute and come away with benefits unavailable through litigation
What process is used in mediation?
While the circumstances of each case are different, mediation usually includes the following stages:
Throughout the mediation, the mediator facilitates the process, meeting with the parties jointly and separately as the circumstances warrant and as the parties may request.
Is a settlement reached in mediation legally binding?
Yes. In California, the written settlement of a case pending before a court can be enforced by the court on motion made be any party. In cases not before the court, the settlement can be enforced like any other contract and the parties can agree to expedited procedures for enforcing the agreement.
What do you charge for your mediation services?
Please contact Lol for his current rates:
2810 Avenida de Autlan
Camarillo, CA 93010
Santa Barbara Mediation Offices:
211 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101