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Using mediation you will solve your conflict together with the other party, supported by an independent mediator.

The major difference with lawyers and judges is that a mediator does not take any position, does not come up with any solutions and does not take any decisions. You do this all by yourself. The mediator supports you in the process of doing so. You actively work and think towards a solution yourself, which makes it a solution you almost always feel more comfortable with than a solution imposed by for example a judge. The mediator does not take sides but remains independent and neutral.

There are two very important principles in mediation:

Confidentiality
In a conflict trust is usually low. During a mediation you work on building up this trust again. This is why everything which is discussed during the mediation is confidential. This is true for any reports, agreement and even for the outcome of the mediation. This confidentiality requirement is also applicable to the mediator.

In general no third parties are part of the mediation, should you however, at any point, wish to include a lawyer or an advisor in the mediation they too will be subject to confidentiality.

Voluntary
A mediation can only start if both you and the other party are willing to participate voluntarily. You cannot be forced to participate in a mediation, if so it is doomed to fail. Mediation however offers many advantages and is suitable for many different types of conflicts, possibly also for yours. Please take some time to inform yourself about mediation before making a final decision.

If you do choose for mediation you will need to actively participate to make it succeed. The starting point is that you and the other party together wish to settle the issue at hand.

A conflict is a matter of the mind.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Mark Twain

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