Mediation provides parties in dispute an alternative to expensive, adversarial litigation, and to resolve conflicts that cannot (for legal reasons), or should not (due to the high emotional or financial toll) be addressed through the legal system.
Often, litigation hurts participants, regardless of who wins or loses - it's expensive, time-consuming and the emotional scaring can last a lifetime. Mediation is usually a fraction of the financial and emotional cost; it empowers parties (represented by attorneys or not) to craft their own solutions in a positive, restorative process, guided by a neutral third party facilitator.
Mediation can be used to proactively identify and prevent future problems in difficult situations such as divorces, family/multi-generation matters, HOA/homeowner environments, workplace conflict, or neighbor/neighbor relationships.
Mediation empowers parties in conflict to determine his or her own decision-making course; a professional, trained, neutral third party helps guide this process with a forward looking perspective. Mediators build communication bridges, allowing parties to collaborate in a safe environment. There, the concerns and interests of all parties can be heard and validated. Parties control and achieve their own mutually acceptable settlements, without a judge or jury determining the outcome for them.
Mediators don’t judge or take sides. We help you be heard and understood by the other party, maybe for the first time in the relationship.
An experienced mediator creates an atmosphere that encourages an honest, positive exploration of ideas and issues. We help navigate this exchange towards an equitable resolution – we help parties investigate underlying interests, balance power struggles, and help clear impasses. We develop “reality checks,” allowing parties to evaluate whether their desired outcomes can truly work, given the present and future physical, emotional or financial environments. We help clients focus on the future, instead of reliving the past.
At MMG, mediating hundreds of cases has shown that the individual needs and interests of the parties must determine a mediator’s manner and method. Therefore, we have developed a flexible style designed to fit the expectations of the parties, as well as the demands of the situation. We believe that the primary function served by a mediator is to facilitate effective communication and negotiation among the parties, to help illuminate viewpoints and explore alternative solutions that the parties themselves can freely reach.
Not all mediators are sufficiently trained, qualified or experienced. In Colorado, there are no formal requirements to become a mediator - do your homework and know who you choose.
Since 2008, we have conducted over one thousand mediations. We are trained, professional, and our qualifications and education exceed the Recommended Guidelines for Mediator Education and Training set forth by the Mediation Association of Colorado and the Colorado Bar Association.