Mediation FAQ & Links


1. How much does mediation cost?
Mediation operates on a sliding fee scale. The fee is based on income and charged per person (or entity) per session:

$10 for individuals with an income level of $0 – $15,000/year
$20 for individuals with an income level of $15,000 – $30,000/year
$40 for individuals with an income level of $30,000 – $50,000/year
$60 for more than $50,000
$75 for small non-profit organizations
$75 for large non-profit organizations
$150 for local government
$150 for small for-profit business
$150 for large for-profit business

2. Who will notify the other party?
MSAC’s Intake Coordinator will contact the other party, explain the process of mediation and determine whether both parties are willing to mediate with the help of a trained facilitator or pair of facilitators.

3. Where will the mediation take place?
MSAC works with a number of community agencies and churches in scheduling mediations at locations near where the disputants live. The Intake Coordinator will make all of these arrangements.

4. What if we don’t finish in one session?
Mediations typically last 2–3 hours, but if an agreement has not been reached after three hours, the mediator may suggest that the disputants meet with the mediator for another session. Succeeding sessions can be scheduled at the convenience of the disputants and mediator, as needed.

5. Can a mediator represent me in court?
Mediators cannot appear in court, but a signed mediation agreement may be produced in court as evidence that the disputants acted in good faith in pursuing mediation as a non-hostile conflict resolution process.

6. Is a mediation agreement binding?
Like any signed contract, a mediation agreement can be upheld in court.

7. Can mediation involve more than two people?
Mediation can involve any number of people, including extended family, organization and congregation members, or neighbors. Typically, however, mediation involves two disputants. We do not permit lawyers or onlookers to attend mediations. It is assumed that those who attend the mediation session are participating in it.

8. Does the mediator make a decision regarding my situation?
No, the mediator does not make any decisions for the disputants. Rather, the mediator asks questions, enforces ground rules, encourages creative solutions and keeps the process moving toward agreement. The disputants themselves are responsible for generating and evaluating possible solutions.

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