How Mediation Works

Mediation is distinct from all other conflict resolution avenues. It is voluntary, it is confidential, and it is facilitated by a skilled mediator.

Voluntary means that you are never forced to sign a settlement or agreement. If you don’t agree, you don’t sign and every option that was available before mediation still exists. It may not be everything you want, but I help to make sure that you consider it the best possible solution for your particular situation.

Confidential means that discussions in mediation - including all notes, summaries, proposals, and draft agreements - cannot be used in future legal proceedings. In New Mexico, these “mediation communications” are protected by the New Mexico Mediation Procedures Act. This allows you to speak honestly, consider options, make proposals, and even make mistakes outside of the public eye.

A Skilled Mediator is both a negotiation specialist and a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) that provides information, identifies problems and opportunities, and helps you communicate and negotiate effectively

David River