You know that moment in an argument when it’s clear that no one is going to budge? Yeah, we’ve all been there. In mediation, we call that “impasse.” And mediation is a cost-effective, speedy way to move past impasse and resolve disputes. Any resolution in mediation is voluntary, although settlements reached are typically binding.
Mediated resolutions can be far more creative, holistic, culturally appropriate, and tailored to the parties’ needs than is possible once a case is in the hands of a judge or arbitrator (if the dispute is subject to alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, requirements).
Mediation can take different forms. It is often court-ordered before parties are permitted to proceed with many types of cases—and our very own Sara is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and so can handle state court-ordered civil mediations. Sometimes parties agree to go to mediation before anyone ever files a case or claim. At its heart, whatever the reason or specific method, mediation is simply a settlement meeting where parties with a dispute bring in a qualified, impartial person to meet with them and try to help them reach a resolution. It is peacemaking.
At Davis Law Office, we mediate many types of disputes:
- Business disputes, such as partnership buy-outs.
- Family disputes, such as divorce and parenting time.
- Construction disputes.
- Disputes involving tribes or Indian law issues, whether pursuant to a contract requiring ADR, as ordered by a tribal, state, or federal court, or otherwise.
If you find yourself in impasse, feel free to reach out to us here to discuss whether mediation might be a productive option for you.