By Linda Mealey-Lohmann, Esq.
Published on Friday, 28 May 2010 01:00
The next time you have a personal dispute with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or a legal dispute involving businesses, be aware that there are alternatives to going to court and filing a lawsuit. You could try mediation (not to be confused with meditation!). Mediation is a time-honored process used in both China and the United States to resolve disputes between the parties, rather than resorting to physical force or suing in court and having a judge decide who "wins." Whether it is a dispute between angry neighbors, divorcing parents, employee and employer, or two businesses, the mediation process uses a mediator, a neutral third-party, who meets with the disputing parties, listens to them and helps them talk to each other, and works with them to find a solution to which both parties can agree.