Mediation is becoming ever more popular in order to settle disputes without the unnecessary costs, expense, inconvenience, time and upset often related with court disputes. Mediation is a voluntary, structured procedure by which the parties can work together in order to find a mutually-acceptable solution with the help of a trained mediator. The parties are not forced or compelled in any way to participate in the mediation, nor are they obliged to accept any suggested solution, but with the skill and care of a good mediator the vast majority of disputes are usually settled in a manner that benefits all concerned.

Mediation can be used in the following situations:

  • In case of any internal family dispute or disputes between partners
  • In case of separation or divorce
  • In issues related to access or child care
  • In inheritance matters
  • In employment matters
  • In disputes related to the local community, the church or particular social groups
  • For intercultural or interreligious matters
  • In neighbour disputes
  • In relation to schools or training and apprenticeship

We are able to provide advise on mediation as well as mediation services in both the English as well as the German languages.

Mediation Procedures

Mediation procedures are based on the following criteria:

  • Individual responsibility
    The parties are expected to find possible solutions themselves
  • Voluntary participation
    The parties themselves actively seek to participate in the proceedings
  • Knowledge
    Any decisions made are achieved on the basis of full knowledge of all the necessary circumstances
  • Confidentiality
    The participants and the mediators work on the basis of strict confidentiality
  • Open-endedness
    There are no preconditions or pre-formulated solutions which must be achieved and the results and targets are determined by the parties themselves during the course of the mediation
  • Independence/Neutrality
    The mediator acts in an independent and neutral manner in relation to both parties, he/she shall respect the interests, rights and position of both parties equally

Mediation Duration/Costs

The period, scheduling and time plan for any set of mediation meetings is determined at the beginning by the parties. Generally the period will be based on the complexity of the matter in dispute as well as the number of parties involved. It is not unusual in family matters for mediation to be successful after only four to seven meetings.

The costs and expenses related to mediation can be fixed and set out by mutual agreement with the parties. A standard set of mediation meetings for non-commercial matters would be charged out between € 120 and € 280 per hour.

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