The Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County offers mediation as a more peaceful alternative to litigation. If your wish is to avoid the court system, improve communication, or preserve or restore relationships, mediation is designed to do just that.
What is Mediation?
- An informal process where impartial mediators help people resolve a conflict
- Mediators facilitate, or guide, the conversation
- Parties talk about what is important to them in a safe setting
- A private and confidential process
- An opportunity to explore options not considered in the past
- A chance to develop realistic, workable solutions
- Clients control the outcome - reaching an agreement is voluntary
The DRC does not provide legal advice, counseling services or tell people how to resolve their conflict in mediation services.
Who should use mediation?
Mediation is an excellent choice for clients who wish to have a say in the outcome of the conflict. Typical cases we hear involve;
- Divorce cases
- Modifying Parent Plans
- Neighborhood conflicts
- Commercial disputes
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Workplace conflicts
- Contract negotiations
- Large group facilitations
- Communication agreements
Our office staff will be glad to help you determine if mediation is appropriate in your case. Clients that choose to use mediation still have the option of using the court system should the outcome of mediation not meet their needs.
Visit this link to learn more about the Mediation Process.
If you are considering a Small Claims court action, please visit the Small Claims link.