Whether you’re planning to divorce or are dealing with a commercial or other type of dispute, mediation is a highly effective alternative to costly, long, drawn-out litigation. It saves time, money and prolonged stress. The beauty of it is that it empowers parties to explore creative options for resolution and settle their dispute on their own terms rather than face the uncertain outcome of a court’s decision. Also, particularly in commercial scenarios, it can help mitigate business and reputational risks, as well as relationships strained by conflict.
Mediation’s a voluntary, confidential and informal process that helps parties in conflict move past their positions and reach a mutually acceptable solution. A mediator is a third-party neutral who doesn’t act as the decision-maker or problem-solver. Mediation sessions are held jointly with both parties, though caucuses (separate conversations) can be held as necessary. Settlements are written up by an attorney and are legally binding.
As a divorce mediator, Mallory Stevens demonstrates patience and understanding as she helps you and your spouse/partner settle important differences you may have pertaining to parenting and child support (when children are involved), distribution of marital assets, spousal support and other matters. Once a formal agreement is drawn up and signed, it is submitted to the court for adjudication by a judge.
Mallory Stevens helps facilitate a confidential conversation between you and one or more parties with whom you or your business are involved in a conflict and have been unable to negotiate a settlement on your own. Ms. Stevens mediates disputes such as those involving: Breach of Contract, Small Businesses, Partnerships, Employee-Employer, Co-workers, Harassment, Tenant-Landlord, Co-ops, Condos, Property Damage, Security Deposits, Noisy Neighbors, Discrimination, Consumer-Vendor.
Everyone wants to feel heard, and, particularly in conflict – when emotions are often inflamed – it’s easy for understanding to be compromised and agreement difficult. Mediation can remedy that.
Using various conflict resolution methods, Mallory Stevens can assist individuals, employees and businesses alike with conflict coaching; negotiating skills; effective communication skills; dispute analysis, clarification of issues, needs and interests; perspective-gaining; understanding conflict styles and strategies (benefits/risks of styles in different situations) and problem-solving.