Why Mediation Matters?
Abraham Lincoln had it right. His words of advice offered more than 160 years ago ring ever so true today. And his simple message is a cornerstone reflection of the principles upon which Yellowstone Mediation is built. After more than two decades spent in the litigation arena, we know only too well the toll a drawn—out dispute or lawsuit has on its participants — even the ones who win. Relationships are often damaged — if not ruined. Legal costs can be staggering. The time lost simply worrying can never be recovered. And, worst of all, the power to decide the outcome is handed over to a judge or jury — persons who know the least about the ins and outs of the dispute or issue.
Luckily, there is a better way. It's called "mediation." Mediation offers a powerful and effective alternative to the traditional system used to solve disputes — a lengthy, combative, expensive, public court battle. By contrast, in mediation, a neutral third party — the mediator — assists and facilitates an orderly negotiation between the parties in a safe, comfortable, private setting. The process — which may take only a few hours or up to a couple of days — helps people efficiently arrive at a voluntary agreement to end their dispute once and for all. And, most importantly, mediation puts all the power to make these important decisions back where it belongs — in the hands of the participants.
At Yellowstone Mediation we are professionally trained, experienced and dedicated mediators. As Abraham Lincoln termed it, we are peacemakers. We look forward to helping you.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a negotiation process where parties in a dispute are assisted by a neutral third party — a mediator — to reach a solution to their problem. Importantly, the parties themselves decide the outcome during mediation — not the mediator. The mediator's job is merely to facilitate a conversation and a decision-making process.
- How Does Mediation Work?
Most disputes arise and continue because of poor communication. Mediation brings disputing parties together in a safe and confidential setting and helps them communicate better. Each participant gets an opportunity to tell his side of the story and also to hear what others have to say. As this occurs, the parties often learn some new perspectives. This helps them make better decisions as they work toward a mutually-beneficial solution.
- What Does The Process Look Like?
For those who are not attorneys or otherwise familiar, we will work with you to schedule mediation at a convenient time for all concerned. Our service is not limited to Cody. If you are involved in a dispute elsewhere and would like assistance, we are willing to travel and make arrangements. For local mediations, we offer our office as the setting (please see photos in Our Home section).
Prior to mediation, we ask parties to submit information which we use to learn about the case and prepare. We then work with the parties to design the mediation format. There isn’t a single, set format. In most cases, all participants and the mediator meet together at the beginning. We discuss the process, ask questions, and allow each participant to offer comments if they wish. Then we take the parties to separate rooms for private meetings with the mediator where information is kept confidential. Offers and counteroffers arise out of these meetings as the parties work to resolve their dispute. Once an agreement is reached, each participant signs, acknowledging agreement to its terms.
At Yellowstone Mediation, we have one simple goal: to help people in a dispute find the best possible solution. How do we do this? We start by listening and by keeping an open mind. If we are going to help you, we have to understand you and understand what truly matters to you. We work very hard at this. And we know every situation is unique. So we don't use a "one-size-fits-all" approach. By being flexible, we make room for creative and innovative thinking. There may be good ways to solve a dispute that the people involved never dreamed of. We try hard to find them. Put simply, every case deserves and gets our best effort, attention and determination.