Yes. Most cases can be mediated at any time, whether before or after a complaint is filed. Mediation is an excellent way to save time, money and mend relationships. Mediation is a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), which is an alternative to resolving disputes through the courts. Other methods of ADR are arbitration and collaborative divorce mediation.
Mediation can be utilized in almost all legal disputes; such as, divorce (even post-judgment issues like college, braces, camps, etc.), contract disputes, auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, neighbor disputes, business conflicts and any other scenario when there are two opposing parties.
The mediator acts as a neutral third party who is trained to facilitate the communication between all the parties and assist them in settling the dispute. The mediator is usually an attorney (although some mediators are not) or a retired Judge. Some mediators are appointed by the court to conduct mandatory mediations and others do only private mediations, or both.