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Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process in which a neutral person, the mediator, assists disputing parties clarify issues, develop options, and work towards a mutually beneficial resolution.
Roopa Reddy of Reddy Mediation is a skilled Divorce Mediator who is also available to assist in the resolution of a variety of other matters including:
- Child Custody
- Elder Care
- Business Disputes
UNDERSTANDING THE MEDIATION PROCESS
The PURPOSE of mediation is to formulate a mutually satisfactory agreement (Win/Win)
The ROLE of the Mediator is to facilitate the resolution of issues or the making of an agreement in a neutral and unbiased manner. Clients find that Roopa is compassionate yet results oriented, getting to the heart of the issue quickly and avoiding the unnecessary waste of time and money. Most importantly, preservation of a respectful relationship is imperative especially if the parties will remain in contact after an agreement has been reached.
HOW MEDIATION WORKS
There are two main ways by which mediation can take place: Face-to-face Mediation or Shuttle Diplomacy
Face-to-Face Mediation is an opportunity for parties to discuss their issues openly with the reassurance their dispute will remain private and the outcome will remain in their control. The mediation process is voluntary and parties reserve the right to withdraw from the mediation at anytime. The process is also confidential. With Face-to-face mediation, the mediator and disputing parties come together at a neutral location. The mediator explains the ground rules of mediations, including mutual respect between all parties. The disputants then have the opportunity to explain the basis of the dispute to each other from their perspectives. Direct communication among the disputants allows each disputant the opportunity to be heard in a safe environment and aids the mediator in the tasks of interest identification and issue clarification.
Shuttle Diplomacy Some people prefer conflict avoidance and find the direct approach of an initial joint session uncomfortable, or even a loss of face. In this case, it is common for a mediator to commence with private meetings between the mediator and one party. The mediator acts as a shuttle diplomat identifying key issues and carrying information and settlement ideas from one party to another. Confidentiality is essential and no information is shared without the consent of the other party. In this way, parties can resolve their issues without meeting their disputant in person.
Shuttle Diplomacy mediation can be done entirely over the phone. This method can be time efficient and allows for mediation between parties not located in the same geographic area.
Benefits of mediation include:
- High Success Rate: Parties enjoy a 90% success rate with mediation.
- Convenience: Mediation sessions are scheduled at the parties' convenience.
- Self-Determined Outcome: The parties decide the terms of any agreement. The mediator does not have decision-making authority and will never attempt to impose a solution.
- Cost Effectiveness: Mediation costs a fraction of what it costs to litigate or what it costs to prolong the problem.
- Time Savings: Mediation sessions can be scheduled quickly (depending on the parties’ and mediators’ schedule). Length of a session can take as little or as much time as the parties need.
- Preservation of Relationships: Mediation improves communication and understanding between parties while strengthening personal and business relationships.
Principles of Reddy Mediation
CONFIDENTIALITY - is the principle that guarantees that all information received from the parties will be kept private so that parties will feel free to explore all relevant issues and potential solutions. Any exceptions to this guarantee shall be made clear to the parties prior to their consent to participate in mediation
VOLUNTARY - is the principle that acknowledges the parties are entering into mediation of their own free will because they wish to resolve their dispute in a peaceful, non-adversarial manner. Both parties have the right to enter the mediation process and any agreement reached in that process. The parties also have a right to withdraw from mediation at any time.
SELF-DETERMINATION - is the principle that recognizes that parties to a dispute have the ability and right to define their issues, needs and solutions and to determine the outcome of the process without advice or suggestions from the mediator. The parties have the final say as to the terms of any agreement reached in mediation.
UNBAISED/NEUTRAL/IMPARTIAL - is the principle that the parties have a right to a process that serves all parties fairly and equally. The mediator must refrain from perceived or actual bias or favoritism, either by word or deed. The mediator does not judge and does not make her own personal bias known. Rather, she serves as a facilitator to the parties reaching an agreement that they are both happy with.
INFORMED CONSENT - is the principle that affirms the parties' right to information about the mediation process and access to information about their rights and options before consenting to participate in mediation and/or to the terms of any agreement reached in mediation.
RESPECT – is the principle that requires that all interactions and meetings be held with dignity and respect for all parties. Without a respectful demeanor, the resolution process becomes drawn out, which increases the time, cost and energy spent coming to a resolution
CULTURAL ISSUES IN MEDIATION
Each mediation has a unique character influenced by the cultural perspectives of its participants. The background and culture of the participants shape their views and ideas of what a satisfactory agreement should be. In family matters, for example, family background and values hold an important key to solving issues in a respectful and satisfactory manner. Differences in perspective may impede an agreement if the participants’ views diverge on fundamental issues.
The background and training of Roopa Reddy makes her very sensitive to cultural viewpoints, allowing her the perspective necessary to surmount any cultural barriers to an agreement. Born in India and brought up in the United States, Roopa understands both Western and Eastern traditional values and the complexities of living in both worlds.
The first step towards a resolution:
Contact at 650-575-0718
You will be contacted within one business day of your call or email. Reddy Mediation will provide a free consultation where Roopa will talk with you about your situation, the mediation process and fees. If appropriate, Roopa can also contact the other party and schedule a session at your convenience.
To begin, please contact Reddy Mediation at 650-575-0718 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.