Locate your nearest mediator
Before you engage a Mediator, consider the following:
Select a mediator located in a region convenient to the parties.
If your dispute lies within a particular area of law or expertise, such as divorce, child custody, or commercial, choose a mediator with experience or expertise in similar types of issues.
This adds another dimension to mediation, for example, training as an engineer or architect.
These are important features to be considered in selecting your mediator.
Did you feel comfortable on your first contact with a particular mediator? Did he/she seem impartial and fair?
A mediator with a reputation for competency, neutrality, and ability are important values.
A mediator having experience with similar situations in type and complexity as yours might better assist the mediation process.
A mediator possessing a similar cultural heritage (e.g. city, suburban, country or ethnic) may better understand the parties' issues.
A mediator who speaks the same language as the parties involved, or who has disability access, or quotes more reasonable fees, might be more attractive than other mediators.
Is a team approach a better option? Many mediators work with co-mediators.
Discuss what you are looking for with several mediators and determine what each mediator is able to provide.
Evaluate how well a mediator might meet your needs. Did a particular mediator:
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