By: Grayline Mediation  09-12-2011
Keywords: mediation, family mediation

Grayline Mediation provides services in the area of Family Mediation and Workplace Harassment Investigation.

Family Mediation

Mediation is a form of ADR. It is a voluntary, non-binding process whereby a third party neutral assists with a resolution for all parties involved. An example of mediated family cases include issues related to separation and divorce (child custody, parenting planning, asset division) and can also take the form of parent-child and elder conflicts.

Mediation often takes place in a private, informal setting, where parties participate in the discussion and craft a settlement agreement, with the assistance of the mediator. The mediator is a trained professional, with an interest in settling the issues in a collaborative manner. She/he has no decision-making power. The matters are settled when all of the parties agree to the settlement.

It is a non-adversarial and confidential process whereby an agreement is negotiated that enables all parties involved to reach a settlement. The mediator simply acts as a catalyst for the process.

In order to remain neutral, mediators are not able to provide you with legal advice. However, they are able to provide general legal information that may be required throughout the course of the session. Should you need legal advice during the mediation, you may adjourn from the session and speak with your lawyer about the best course of action for you prior to reaching a decision. While the mediator will drive the process to ensure that all the parties are moving forward and avoiding entrenchment, the mediator does not decide the outcome. The offers and counter offers come from the parties. Thus each party remains in control of the outcome and thus, contributes to a higher rate of satisfaction by all parties involved.

In the case of Family Mediation, there are many benefits to choosing mediation over litigation.

Benefits of Family Mediation:

  • Children are not likely to be caught in the middle. They are not encouraged to ‘take sides’.
  • Parents will develop effective communication skills which will have long-term implications for the duration of their parenting.
  • Parents are best able to accept a mediation agreement that has been mutually decided and agreed upon in session. This provides an opportunity to take into account the unique needs of the family.
  • Parties speak in a neutral environment where a collaborative separation agreement can be achieved.
  • Mediation is confidential and you will save on time and money.
  • Mediation takes place in an informal setting.

While mediation compliments and simplifies the legal process, you are encouraged to seek legal advice at any time during the process to aid in your decision making outcomes.

Workplace Investigations

Workplace Harassment Investigations are not mediation. These cases are investigations and take the form of employee-employee and/or employer-employee conflict management. The complanant and respondent (and witnesses) are always interviewed separately.
Not all complaints will require the same degree of investigation — the seriousness of the allegations will determine the appropriate level of investigation. Grayline Mediation has legal counsel available to ensure all investigations are conducted properly and if the client have any questions regarding the complaint.

Benefits of a Workplace Investigation

    • It maintains confidentiality to the greatest extent possible by only disclosing information on a “need to know” basis.
    • Investigation will happen in a timely but thorough manner.
    • Recommendations will be made to restore a positive and professional workplace
    • Recommendations may include a re-evaluation of workplace policy on harassment, harassment training, mediation, organizational reviews and change management strategies

These investigations are of a highly serious nature and upon completion of the final report; Grayline Mediation can provide an individualized plan for your company.

Keywords: family mediation, mediation