Dispute Resolution Services
Mediation - a peaceful way to resolve conflict
Mediation is a way for people to solve their problems with the help of an impartial third person, the mediator. The mediator assists everyone involved to talk about the problem in a safe and confidential setting. When everyone agrees on how to solve the problem, the mediator puts the agreement into writing. Courts generally honor these agreements as binding contracts. Mediation may be requested before or after a case is filed in court. Mediation takes less time and money than going to court and is private. Statistics have shown that at least 80% of the disputes that go to mediation are resolved. Mediation works because the people with the problem participate of their own free will and have a say in the outcome.
Types of Disputes That Can Be Resolved through Mediation:
- Landlord -Tenant Disputes (click for more info)
- Family Conflicts
- Neighborhood Disputes
- Small Claims and General Civil Court Cases
- Contract Disputes
- School Conflicts
Restorative Justice: DRS provides opportunities for victims of juvenile and adult crimes to meet with offenders, talk about what happened, and have input regarding consequences.
Schools: Conflict resolution options are available for schools to use in helping students, staff, and parents develop safer schools. Services for Special Education disputes are also available. Please see School Programs for more information about Peer Mediation and Restorative Justice in schools.
Training: Workshops and seminars on conflict resolution skill building are available to businesses, labor organizations, government agencies, and non-profits.
Mediation involves a fee for service. A sliding fee scale is used for those unable to pay the regular fees. For more information, call 269-381-1510.
Our jurisdiction for services includes Barry, Calhoun, and Kalamazoo Counties. To find out about mediation services outside of these counties, click here.
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