Mediation is the process where a neutral third party, a mediator, stands between you and your opponent to help both of you negotiate an agreeable resolution to your dispute. Mediation does not involve a judge. Its purpose is not to decide who is in the right and who is in the wrong but for both sides to reach an agreement which is acceptable. In the mediation sessions, you will meet with your opponent and talk to each other.
The mediator may also have separate private meetings with you and your opponents in order to learn and better understand the different positions and then suggest the best possible resolution to your dispute. Separate private meetings may also be used by the mediator to discuss technical issues of the dispute with experts. You can use a lawyer to advise you and to help you in the discussion, but the whole point of mediation is to avoid adversarial situations.
Mediation is an informal process and it is totally voluntary. So you can walk away from it at any time. Unlike the decision of a court, the outcome of mediation is not legally binding.
If there does not seem to be any chance that you will reach an agreement, the mediator will work out what might happen if you went to court.
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