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Three Steps to Mediation:
   Mediation Readiness Checklists

Checklist: Are You Ready for Mediation?

This mediation readiness checklist provides a quick, informal way to gauge the suitability of mediation for resolving your dispute as well as your readiness to use mediation.

Is mediation a good fit for your dispute?

Not every dispute requires mediation. If you answer “Yes” to one or more of the questions below, mediation should be explored as a method for resolving your dispute. If there are several “Yes” answers, mediation is highly likely to be the best way to proceed.

Yes
No
Are your normal methods for negotiating or resolving disputes not working?
Is it important to you to resolve your dispute in a private, rather than  public, forum?
Is it important for you to have a good working or personal relationship with the other parties after the dispute is resolved?
Is quick resolution of the dispute important to you?
Has misunderstanding or a breakdown in communications been an important obstacle to resolving your dispute?
Is the dispute having a significant negative effect on your health, finances or relationships?

Are you ready for mediation?

Mediation is a collaborative method of resolving disputes and can only work when the parties are committed to it. To be ready for mediation, you should be able to answer “Yes” to the questions below. If any of the answers is a  “No,” you should mention it when discussing your situation with a mediator.

Yes
No
Are you willing to work together with the other parties face-to-face, with the guidance of the mediators, to find a fair and amicable solution?
Are you willing to accept a solution that meets your essential interests but doesn’t represent “victory” on every point?
Are you willing to make a significant commitment of time, effort and other resources to resolve the dispute productively?
Are the other parties to the dispute willing to enter
mediation?

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