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Portland ME Educational Mediation, Consultation, and Training

Portland ME Educational Mediation, Consultation, & Training with Dr. Benjamin J. Earwicker, Ph.D.

Portland ME Educational Mediation

Your Solution for Conflict Resolution

Dealing with institutional conflict, employee complaints, and other workplace issues?

Dr. Earwicker can help!

VirNet Mediation offers a 3-step approach for schools, colleges, & universities dealing with conflict, complaints, and other HR issues

1. Consultation

2. Investigation & Recommendations

3. Training

Portland ME Educational Mediation

Use our 3-step approach to resolve and prevent future conflict 

Step 1

Consultation
  • Discuss and identify issues & scope; provide initial recommendations; create an action plan

Step 2

Investigation
  • Review documentation; conduct interviews & listening sessions; draft comprehensive reports with detailed recommendations

Step 3

Training
  • Customized training on any HR employment law topic; sexual harassment, DEI, respectful workplace & more

Dr. Earwicker's Portland ME Educational Mediation

Dr. Ben Earwicker provides expert mediation services, both online and remotely.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D., provides expert mediation, drawing on his nearly two decades of experience with conflict resolution and mediation. He has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes through his national private practice and administration of a state-wide mediation program through the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Why Mediate with Dr. Earwicker?

Ben’s empathetic approach to conflict resolution ensures the best potential for reaching agreement and discovering a way through conflict. He knows how to navigate complex, technical, and emotionally-charged disputes in almost any context, from employment and labor disputes to family and divorce conflicts to contracts and corporate negotiations. Ben has helped many parties reach mutually-acceptable outcomes through his expert mediation and dispute resolution services.

Contact Dr. Earwicker today, and lean on Ben’s expertise to help resolve your conflict.

The Solution for Your Conflict Resolution

Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes. But at its core, all conflict represents a huge drain of time, money, energy, and other resources. And even though your instinct may be to fight it out, costly legal battles and unresolved conflict can drag on for years with no end in sight.

The cost of conflict is enormous.

Think about the cost of your conflict. Even though you might be on the right side of the situation, there’s no guarantee you can convince the other party of that. In fact, conflict tends to polarize positions and make things even worse over time. Fighting to win is exhausting, and it eventually takes its toll.  

That’s where my mediation can help.

Done right, mediation offers a fresh perspective from a neutral third-party. With mediation, you can finally find a way through your conflict with a skilled facilitator who knows how to assist in a productive negotiation and the conflict resolution process. 

Use my expertise to get “unstuck.”

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck in a conflict you can’t escape. Even if you have the means to fight it out in court or see the conflict through to the bitter end, it’s rarely worth it.

I can help.

Talk with me today about how my mediation services can help you move more quickly through your conflict toward resolution and settlement. 

Put this conflict behind you, once and for all.

Portland ME Educational Mediation

We have what you need for mediation, consultation, investigation, and training

Step 1

Consultation
  • Discuss Issues
  • Identify Key Players
  • Determine Scope
  • Discuss Framework & Approach
  • Provide Initial Estimates
  • Develop an Action Plan

Step 2

Investigation
  • Document Review
  • Issue Evaluation
  • Interviews & Listening Sessions
  • Individual & Group Sessions
  • Ongoing Consultation
  • Comprehensive Report/Findings
  • Detailed Recommendations

Step 3

Training
  • Any HR Employment Law Topics
  • State & Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention
  • Respectful Workplace
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Manager-Specific Disability Law, Harassment Prevention, & More!

Portland ME Educational Mediation, Consulting, & Training

HR & Employment Law Trainings

Dr. Earwicker provides a range of Human Resources and employment law trainings based on his extensive experience as director of an administrative law enforcement agency, mediator, attorney, academic administrator, and professor. Trainings are tailored to your institution and employee needs, and topics can be expanded or combined, depending on your preferences. 

The following list includes the most commonly requested trainings; others are available on request:

  1. Harassment and Sexual Harassment Prevention

  2. State and Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws

  3. Respectful Workplace: Preventing and Addressing Harassment, Discrimination, and Incivility

  4. Workplace Reporting and Resolution Procedures

  5. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Something for Everyone

  6. Disability Accommodations and the Interactive Process

  7. Service Animals in the Workplace and Public Places

  8. Hiring and Firing Best Practices for Managers and Supervisors

  9. How and When do the ADA and FMLA overlap?

  10. Terms and Conditions of Employment: Best Practices for Supervisors to Maintain Fairness and Equity in the Workplace

  11. Updates on Specific Statutes (ADA, Title VII, PWFA, etc.)

  12. Sex, gender, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity: State and Federal Protections in the Workplace

  13. Age and Age Discrimination in the Workplace: Preventing Discrimination Against Older Workers

  14. EEOC and State Agency Investigative Processes: What You Can Expect When You are a Party to a Case Before an Fair Employment Practice Agency or Commission

Mediation Services Consultation

Ready for your free, no-obligation consultation?

If you have questions about mediation and whether mediation would be a good fit for you and your situation, use this form to send Dr. Earwicker a message, and we’ll set up an initial, free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation in greater detail.  Dr. Earwicker can provide you with answers to your questions and a specific estimate, based on your mediation needs.

Call Ben directly at (208) 440-5973

Please describe the type of mediation you are interested in, and any other information you would like me to know about your mediation needs.

Employment & Labor Mediation in Maine

Maine Educational Mediation can help resolve any school, college, or university dispute

Sometimes, educational workplace interactions can take a turn for the worse. Whether you’re dealing with interpersonal conflict, personnel issues, contract and labor disputes, discrimination complaints, or any other employment issue, educational mediation can provide a way forward. The situation doesn’t have to keep escalating; you can work with a neutral, third-party mediator to help resolve the conflict and create a fresh start.

Educational Mediation, Consultation, & Training Solutions in Maine

Whether you are an employee, manager, or employer, you can access the benefits of mediation to resolve workplace conflict. Our mediation, consulting, and training can help you address any type of labor and employment dispute, at any stage of conflict. Contact us today to discuss our mediation services and how we can best meet your mediation needs.

Employment & Labor Resources in Maine

As in other states, private and public employers in Maine are required to comply with both state and federal employment laws for everything from overtime pay to Family Medical Leave Act leave and disability accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Employees and employers in the state have a number of resources for navigating issues in the workplace.

The Maine Department of Labor operates as the state equivalent of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) that provides oversight of wage and hour issues. (To compare state and federal regulations, for example, you can view state policies on minimum wage and other workplace information on the USDOL site). The Department also provides economic data and resources to employers in the state. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency, provides resources, information, and guidance to employers and employees in Maine. The EEOC also investigates and adjudicates discrimination complaints in the state. The Maine Human Rights Commission operates in the state as a Fair Employment Practice Agency (FEPA). A state or local FEPA enforces state anti-discrimination laws and often has a workshare agreement in place with the federal EEOC so they can work together to process state and federal complaints at the same time.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Portland ME Educational Mediation

What Does Mediation Look Like?

Mediation is a structured conversation and negotiation. The parties first meet separately with Dr. Earwicker. He explores each person's goals, ideals, and interests in detail. This helps structure mediation conversations. In some divorce mediations, parties opt to provide written position statements prior to the mediation, but that is not required. After meeting with the parties, Dr. Earwicker will schedule the mediation. Typically, the mediation occurs in separate rooms. In some cases (or upon request), Dr. Earwicker will bring the parties together in the same room, either virtually or in-person. In other cases, the parties will not meet face-to-face. Either way, Dr. Earwicker facilitates the discussion and structures the mediation to move the parties toward a negotiated solution. If the parties agree on one or more issues, Dr. Earwicker provides a written settlement agreement for the parties to review and sign. Any mediation agreement is completely voluntary and between the parties to the dispute.

Do I Have to See the Other Party Face-to-Face?

In any mediation, face-to-face contact is not required for a successful mediation. Sometimes it may be beneficial to convene a joint session with the parties all in one room (either virtually or in-person). At other times, depending on the nature of the conflict, face-to-face interaction may not be desirable or warranted. Ultimately, it is up to the parties to decide whether or not to meet face-to-face. This is true whether the mediation services are provided virtually or in-person.

Is Mediation Binding?

Unlike arbitration (where an arbitrator issues a binding decision on the facts of the case), mediation does not result in a binding decision by the mediator. The parties in a mediation are the ones who decide whether to agree on one or more issues. Only they can "bind" the other party through mutual agreement. In this way, a mediation settlement agreement between the parties can be binding as a contract between them. But the mediator's job is not to make a decision. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions between the parties and helps them arrive at an agreed-upon solution.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Mediate?

Hiring an attorney is not a pre-requisite to mediation. At the same time, you are always welcome to hire an attorney who represents you and your interests in mediation. Keep in mind that the mediator is a neutral party and does not represent either party in the dispute. Thus, you may elect to seek out legal representation if you want someone who can represent you and your interests. Ultimately, though, the success of mediation depends on the parties' willingness to engage in good faith and work toward solutions. Hiring an attorney may or may not further those goals.

How Long Does Mediation Take?

The length of mediation depends on the number and complexity of issues mediated. Some mediations with fairly straightforward issues can be conducted in just a few hours. Most divorce mediations take between 10-15 hours to complete, including pre-mediation work with the parties, the mediation itself, and post-mediation settlement work. Some mediations with more complex issues, more than two parties, or other pending legal matters may take longer. On average, though, planning for 10 hours of mediation is a reasonable estimate.

Should I Just Mediate My Own Dispute to Save Time and Money?

Mediations are like any other professional service: it is in your best interest to contract with a trained and experienced mediator like Dr. Earwicker in order to navigate the complexities of negotiations and conflict resolution. There is great value in hiring a third-party neutral - the mediator - to assist with the process of conflict resolution. A trained, experienced mediator can skillfully navigate complex interpersonal, psychological, and transactional dynamics. A skilled neutral brings a fresh perspective and a dispassionate evaluation of the situation. This third-party view, especially when coupled with expertise and skill, is an invaluable part of the mediation process.

Is Virtual Mediation as Good as In-Person Mediation?

Advances in technology have made it possible to replicate the effectiveness of in-person mediation services in remote, online, and virtual formats. Some people prefer the in-person format because of the ability to be in the same room with the other party or parties to a dispute. This can be true for any type of dispute, from divorce mediations to contract negotiations and employment disputes. However, all of the dynamics of an effective mediation (including separate "caucuses" and joint "conferences") are easily replicated in virtual platforms. Virtual mediation can also save time and money, because there are no transportation costs, and parties in different locations do not have to negotiate the location of an in-person mediation. In short, virtual mediation can be just as effective as in-person mediation services. Live video streaming and other online technologies make virtual mediation just as effective as in-person counterparts.

How Much Will Mediation Cost?

Prices include all mediation services, from pre-convening consultation through post-mediation settlement work.

Initial Consultation

Free No Obligation Consultation
  • 30 Minutes
  • Consultation covers the Nature and Extent of Conflict and Goals for all Parties Involved
  • No Obligation to Continue with VirNet Mediation
  • Discuss your Situation in Depth

Hourly Rate

Contact
for Hourly Rates and a Custom Estimate
  • Competitive Rates
  • Total Hours Depend on Nature and Extent of Conflict
  • Billing can be Divided
  • Convenient Scheduling
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Dr. Ben Earwicker provides expert mediation services, both online and remotely.

Conoce al Experto

El Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D., brinda mediación experta, basándose en sus casi dos décadas de experiencia en resolución de conflictos y mediación. Ha mediado con éxito en docenas de disputas a través de su práctica privada nacional y la administración de un programa de mediación en todo el estado a través de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Idaho.

¿Por qué mediar con el Dr. Earwicker?

El enfoque empático de Ben para la resolución de conflictos asegura el mejor potencial para llegar a un acuerdo y descubrir una forma de superar el conflicto. Sabe cómo navegar disputas complejas, técnicas y emocionalmente cargadas en casi cualquier contexto, desde disputas laborales y laborales hasta conflictos familiares y de divorcio, contratos y negociaciones corporativas. Ben ha ayudado a muchas partes a alcanzar resultados mutuamente aceptables a través de sus servicios expertos de mediación y resolución de disputas.

Comuníquese con el Dr. Earwicker hoy y apóyese en la experiencia de Ben para ayudarlo a resolver su conflicto.

Nuestra Solución para su Resolución de Conflictos

El conflicto viene en todas las formas y tamaños. Pero en esencia, todo conflicto representa una enorme pérdida de tiempo, dinero, energía y otros recursos. Y a pesar de que su instinto puede ser luchar para resolverlo, las costosas batallas legales y los conflictos no resueltos pueden prolongarse durante años sin un final a la vista..

El costo del conflicto es enorme.

Piense en el costo de su conflicto. A pesar de que usted puede estar en el lado correcto de la situación, no hay garantía de que pueda convencer a la otra parte de eso. De hecho, el conflicto tiende a polarizar posiciones y empeorar las cosas con el tiempo. Luchar para ganar es agotador y eventualmente pasa factura.  

Ahí es donde la mediación puede ayudar.

Bien hecha, la mediación ofrece una nueva perspectiva desde un tercero neutral. Con la mediación, finalmente puede encontrar una manera de resolver su conflicto con un facilitador capacitado que sabe cómo ayudar en una negociación productiva y el proceso de resolución de conflictos. 

Utilice nuestra experiencia para “desatascarse”.

No hay nada peor que sentirse atrapado en un conflicto del que no puede escapar. Incluso si tiene los medios para pelear en la corte o llevar el conflicto hasta el final amargo, rara vez vale la pena.

Nosotros podemos ayudar.

Hable con nosotros hoy sobre cómo nuestros servicios de mediación pueden ayudarlo a avanzar más rápidamente a través de su conflicto hacia la resolución y el arreglo.

Deja este conflicto atrás, de una vez por todas.

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Supere su Conflicto - Servicios de Mediación Portland ME

Cuando está envuelto en un conflicto, puedes sentir que nunca podrá seguir adelante. Pero un mediador hábil puede ayudarlo a superar el estancamiento y encontrar el camino a seguir. Es bueno tener un mediador neutral externo para ayudar a ver las cosas de manera diferente. El Dr. Earwicker puede ayudar a las partes con un diálogo significativo, una negociación intencional y soluciones bien pensadas incluso para las disputas más difíciles.

No permita que los conflictos consuman más de su tiempo y energía. Invierta en soluciones con un mediador capacitado y experimentado. Nadie puede garantizar el éxito en la mediación, pero trabajar con un mediador experto es el mejor punto de partida para el proceso de negociación.

Tenemos las herramientas que necesita para abordar su conflicto y trabajar hacia la resolución. No existe una bala de plata para resolver disputas, pero el Dr. Earwicker tiene las habilidades y la experiencia para mejorar sus posibilidades de resolver finalmente su conflicto.

Contáctenos hoy para programar su mediación en Portland ME.

Mediación Maine

El sitio web de las Cortes de Maine brinda excelente información y recursos sobre la mediación en Maine. Puede leer más de mediación en las cortes en la página web de mediación en las cortes de Maine, también.

Hay una Asociación de Mediadores en Maine que ofrece otros servicios de mediación en el estado. Sus páginas brindan mucha información sobre la mediación y servicios en Maine.

No existen requisitos de certificación estatal o federal para mediar en Maine. Sin embargo, la mediación ordenada por la corte puede tener ciertos requisitos, los que puede ver en esta lista completa de requisitos estatales para los mediadores de la corte.

Al elegir un mediador, desea evaluar la experiencia, las credenciales y las áreas de especialización del mediador para asegurarse de que se le cae bien y que pueda ayudar con el conflicto que está tratando de resolver.

¿Cuánto Costará la Mediación?

Los precios incluyen todos los servicios de mediación, desde la consulta previa a la convocatoria hasta el trabajo de resolución posterior a la mediación.

Consultación Inicial

$ 99 Tarifa única
  • 60 Minutos
  • La consulta cubre el alcance del conflicto y los objetivos de todas las partes involucradas
  • Sin obligación de continuar con la mediación virtual
  • Discuta su situación en profundidad

Tarifa por Hora

Contácteme
para tarifas y una estimación personalizada
  • Tarifas competitivas
  • El total de horas de mediación depende del alcance del conflicto
  • La facturación se puede dividir
  • Programación conveniente
estimación

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¿Cómo es la mediación?

La mediación es una conversación estructurada y una negociación. Las partes primero se reúnen por separado con el Dr. Earwicker. Explora en detalle las metas, ideales e intereses de cada persona. Esto ayuda a estructurar las conversaciones de mediación. En algunas mediaciones, las partes optan por proporcionar declaraciones de posición por escrito antes de la mediación, pero eso no es obligatorio. Después de reunirse con las partes, el Dr. Earwicker programará la mediación. Por lo general, la mediación ocurre en salas separadas. En algunos casos (o previa solicitud), el Dr. Earwicker reunirá a las partes en la misma sala, ya sea virtualmente o en persona. En otros casos, las partes no se encontrarán cara a cara. De cualquier manera, el Dr. Earwicker facilita la discusión y estructura la mediación para llevar a las partes hacia una solución negociada. Si las partes están de acuerdo en uno o más temas, el Dr. Earwicker proporciona un acuerdo de conciliación por escrito para que las partes lo revisen y firmen. Cualquier acuerdo de mediación es completamente voluntario y entre las partes en disputa.

¿Tengo que ver a la otra parte cara a cara?

En cualquier mediación, no se requiere contacto cara a cara para una mediación exitosa. A veces puede ser beneficioso convocar una sesión conjunta con todas las partes en una sala (ya sea virtualmente o en persona). En otras ocasiones, dependiendo del contexto del conflicto, la interacción cara a cara puede no ser deseable o justificada. En última instancia, depende de las partes decidir si se reúnen o no cara a cara. Esto es cierto ya sea que los servicios de mediación se brinden virtualmente o en persona.

¿La mediación es vinculante?

A diferencia del arbitraje (donde un árbitro emite una decisión vinculante sobre los hechos del caso), la mediación no da como resultado una decisión vinculante del mediador. Las partes en una mediación son las que deciden si convienen en uno o más asuntos. Solo ellos pueden "vincular" a la otra parte de mutuo acuerdo. De esta manera, un acuerdo de resolución de mediación entre las partes puede ser vinculante como un contrato entre ellas. Pero el trabajo del mediador no es tomar una decisión. Mejor dicho, el mediador facilita las discusiones entre las partes y las ayuda a llegar a una solución acordada.

¿Necesito un/a abogado/a para mediar?

La contratación de un/a abogado/a no es un requisito previo para la mediación. Al mismo tiempo, siempre puede contratar a un/a abogado/a que lo represente a usted y sus intereses en la mediación. Recuerde que el mediador es una parte neutral y no representa a ninguna de las partes en la disputa. Por lo tanto, puede optar por buscar representación legal si quiere a alguien que pueda representarlo a usted y sus intereses. Sin embargo, en última instancia, el éxito de la mediación depende de la voluntad de las partes de participar de buena fe y trabajar para encontrar soluciones. Contratar a un/a abogado/a puede o no promover esos objetivos.

¿Cuánto dura la mediación?

La duración de la mediación depende del número y la complejidad de los asuntos tratados. Algunas mediaciones con problemas bastante sencillos se pueden realizar en unas pocas horas. La mayoría de las mediaciones de divorcio tardan entre 10 y 15 horas en completarse, incluido el trabajo previo a la mediación con las partes, la mediación en sí y el trabajo de resolución posterior a la mediación. Algunas mediaciones con asuntos más complejos, más de dos partes u otros asuntos legales pendientes pueden tomar más tiempo. Sin embargo, en promedio, la planificación de 10 horas de mediación es una estimación razonable.

¿Debería mediar mi propia disputa para ahorrar tiempo y dinero?

Las mediaciones son como cualquier otro servicio profesional: le conviene contratar a un mediador capacitado y experimentado como el Dr. Earwicker para navegar por las complejidades de las negociaciones y la resolución de conflictos. Es de gran valor contratar a un tercero neutral, el mediador, para ayudar con el proceso de resolución de conflictos. Un mediador capacitado y experimentado puede navegar hábilmente dinámicas interpersonales, psicológicas y transaccionales complejas. Un neutral experto aporta una nueva perspectiva y una evaluación desapasionada de la situación. Esta opinión de terceros, especialmente cuando se combina con experiencia y habilidad, es una parte invaluable del proceso de mediación.

¿Es la mediación virtual tan buena como la mediación en persona?

Los avances tecnológicos han hecho posible replicar la eficacia de los servicios de mediación en persona en formatos remotos, en línea y virtuales. Algunas personas prefieren el formato en persona debido a la posibilidad de estar en la misma habitación con la otra parte o partes en disputa. Esto puede ser cierto para cualquier tipo de disputa, desde mediaciones de divorcio hasta negociaciones de contratos y disputas laborales. Sin embargo, todas las dinámicas de una mediación efectiva (incluyendo "caucus" separados y "conferencias" conjuntas) se replican fácilmente en plataformas virtuales. La mediación virtual también puede ahorrar tiempo y dinero, porque no hay costos de transporte y las partes en diferentes lugares no tienen que negociar la ubicación de una mediación en persona. En resumen, la mediación virtual puede ser tan efectiva como los servicios de mediación en persona. La transmisión de video en vivo y otras tecnologías en línea hacen que la mediación virtual sea tan efectiva como las contrapartes en persona.

Expert Portland ME Employment Mediation

Expert Portland ME Employment Mediation

Portland ME Employment Mediation

Employment and labor disputes are complicated.

Our Portland ME Employment Mediation Can Help

A diverse group of smiling professionals. Contact virtual mediation today to discuss and schedule confidential mediation services with Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D.

For employees, conflict with coworkers, supervisors, or customers can affect performance, workplace satisfaction, and overall mental health.

For businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, addressing liability and fighting lawsuits can drain scarce resources and directly impact financial solvency.

It can be difficult for owners, managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals to master overlapping and sometimes conflicting state and federal laws that apply to the workplace. City, county, and other municipal ordinances can further complicate workplace requirements and business, organizational, or agency policies and practices.

Resolving Conflict isn't Easy

As a supervisor, manager, or owner, have you tried unsuccessfully to resolve disputes in these and other workplace situations? Have you spent an extraordinary amount of time putting out fires and trying to deal with interpersonal conflicts, complaints, and litigation? Do you need support and expertise from a neutral third party skilled in negotiated settlements, conflict resolution, and dispute mediation?

As an employee, have you experienced conflict with coworkers, managers, supervisors, or business owners? Are you looking for a way to resolve the conflict without having to quit and start over somewhere else? Do you need someone outside of your organization to help resolve the dispute?

Our expert employment, labor, and workplace mediation services offer all this and more.

Conflict can develop in any area of business or agency operations:

  • Recruitment, hiring, and retention.
  • Training and promotional opportunities.
  • Efforts to boost productivity and efficiency.
  • Collective bargaining.
  • Workers compensation.
  • FMLA leave.
  • The interactive process and reasonable disability accommodations.
  • Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and state discrimination laws.
  • Religious accommodations and disputes between employees.
  • Discipline, demotion, suspension, termination.
  • Unemployment and unemployment insurance.
  • Civil lawsuits and administrative filings of discrimination.

In each of these areas, there is potential for misunderstanding, frustration, and conflict. If you’ve experienced conflict in any of these areas and have not been able to resolve the issues you are facing, contact us to learn how mediation can help. 

Mediation Can Help

A diverse group of smiling professionals. Contact virtual mediation today to discuss and schedule confidential mediation services with Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D.

Here’s what you can expect with our employment mediation services:

  • Early consultation to understand the scope of the issues;
  • Development of an agenda and a step-by-step approach to addressing the conflict in mediation;
  • Confidential mediation sessions with impacted parties, with separate and/or joint sessions, depending on the nature of the conflict, the individuals involved, and confidentiality considerations;
  • Expert mediation facilitation with the goal of resolving each of the issues to the satisfaction of all parties involved;
  • Drafting of a written agreement between the parties for each of the issues resolved through mediation.

Contact us today to discuss your options for resolving workplace, labor, and employment conflicts with our expert Portland ME employment mediation.

Portland ME Employment Mediation

Our Solution for your Conflict Resolution

Dr. Earwicker's Mediation Services

Dr. Ben Earwicker provides expert mediation services, both online and remotely.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D., provides expert mediation, drawing on his nearly two decades of experience with conflict resolution and mediation. He has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes through his national private practice and administration of a state-wide mediation program through the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Why Mediate with Dr. Earwicker?

Ben’s empathetic approach to conflict resolution ensures the best potential for reaching agreement and discovering a way through conflict. He knows how to navigate complex, technical, and emotionally-charged disputes in almost any context, from employment and labor disputes to family and divorce conflicts to contracts and corporate negotiations. Ben has helped many parties reach mutually-acceptable outcomes through his expert mediation and dispute resolution services.

Contact Dr. Earwicker today, and lean on Ben’s expertise to help resolve your conflict.

The Solution for Your Conflict Resolution

Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes. But at its core, all conflict represents a huge drain of time, money, energy, and other resources. And even though your instinct may be to fight it out, costly legal battles and unresolved conflict can drag on for years with no end in sight.

The cost of conflict is enormous.

Think about the cost of your conflict. Even though you might be on the right side of the situation, there’s no guarantee you can convince the other party of that. In fact, conflict tends to polarize positions and make things even worse over time. Fighting to win is exhausting, and it eventually takes its toll.  

That’s where my mediation can help.

Done right, mediation offers a fresh perspective from a neutral third-party. With mediation, you can finally find a way through your conflict with a skilled facilitator who knows how to assist in a productive negotiation and the conflict resolution process. 

Use my expertise to get “unstuck.”

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck in a conflict you can’t escape. Even if you have the means to fight it out in court or see the conflict through to the bitter end, it’s rarely worth it.

I can help.

Talk with me today about how my mediation services can help you move more quickly through your conflict toward resolution and settlement. 

Put this conflict behind you, once and for all.

Employment & Labor Mediation in Maine

Employment mediation in Maine can help resolve any labor dispute

Sometimes, workplace interactions can take a turn for the worse. Whether you’re dealing with interpersonal conflict, personnel issues, contract and labor disputes, discrimination complaints, or any other employment issue, mediation can provide a way forward. The situation doesn’t have to keep escalating; you can work with a neutral, third-party mediator to help resolve the conflict and create a fresh start.

Employment & Labor Resources in Maine

As in other states, private and public employers in Maine are required to comply with both state and federal employment laws for everything from overtime pay to Family Medical Leave Act leave and disability accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Employees and employers in the state have a number of resources for navigating issues in the workplace.

The Maine Department of Labor operates as the state equivalent of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) that provides oversight of wage and hour issues. (To compare state and federal regulations, for example, you can view state policies on minimum wage and other workplace information on the USDOL site). The Department also provides economic data and resources to employers in the state. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency, provides resources, information, and guidance to employers and employees in Maine. The EEOC also investigates and adjudicates discrimination complaints in the state. The Maine Human Rights Commission operates in the state as a Fair Employment Practice Agency (FEPA). A state or local FEPA enforces state anti-discrimination laws and often has a workshare agreement in place with the federal EEOC so they can work together to process state and federal complaints at the same time.

Mediation Solutions in Maine

Whether you are an employee, manager, or employer, you can access the benefits of mediation to resolve workplace conflict. Mediation can help you address any type of labor and employment dispute, at any stage of conflict. Contact us today to discuss our mediation services and how we can best meet your mediation needs.

How Much Will Mediation Cost?

Prices include all mediation services, from pre-convening consultation through post-mediation settlement work.

Initial Consultation

Free No Obligation Consultation
  • 30 Minutes
  • Consultation covers the Nature and Extent of Conflict and Goals for all Parties Involved
  • No Obligation to Continue with VirNet Mediation
  • Discuss your Situation in Depth

Hourly Rate

Contact
for Hourly Rates and a Custom Estimate
  • Competitive Rates
  • Total Hours Depend on Nature and Extent of Conflict
  • Billing can be Divided
  • Convenient Scheduling
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Frequently Asked Questions - Portland ME Employment Mediation

What Does Mediation Look Like?

Mediation is a structured conversation and negotiation. The parties first meet separately with Dr. Earwicker. He explores each person's goals, ideals, and interests in detail. This helps structure mediation conversations. In some divorce mediations, parties opt to provide written position statements prior to the mediation, but that is not required. After meeting with the parties, Dr. Earwicker will schedule the mediation. Typically, the mediation occurs in separate rooms. In some cases (or upon request), Dr. Earwicker will bring the parties together in the same room, either virtually or in-person. In other cases, the parties will not meet face-to-face. Either way, Dr. Earwicker facilitates the discussion and structures the mediation to move the parties toward a negotiated solution. If the parties agree on one or more issues, Dr. Earwicker provides a written settlement agreement for the parties to review and sign. Any mediation agreement is completely voluntary and between the parties to the dispute.

Do I Have to See the Other Party Face-to-Face?

In any mediation, face-to-face contact is not required for a successful mediation. Sometimes it may be beneficial to convene a joint session with the parties all in one room (either virtually or in-person). At other times, depending on the nature of the conflict, face-to-face interaction may not be desirable or warranted. Ultimately, it is up to the parties to decide whether or not to meet face-to-face. This is true whether the mediation services are provided virtually or in-person.

Is Mediation Binding?

Unlike arbitration (where an arbitrator issues a binding decision on the facts of the case), mediation does not result in a binding decision by the mediator. The parties in a mediation are the ones who decide whether to agree on one or more issues. Only they can "bind" the other party through mutual agreement. In this way, a mediation settlement agreement between the parties can be binding as a contract between them. But the mediator's job is not to make a decision. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions between the parties and helps them arrive at an agreed-upon solution.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Mediate?

Hiring an attorney is not a pre-requisite to mediation. At the same time, you are always welcome to hire an attorney who represents you and your interests in mediation. Keep in mind that the mediator is a neutral party and does not represent either party in the dispute. Thus, you may elect to seek out legal representation if you want someone who can represent you and your interests. Ultimately, though, the success of mediation depends on the parties' willingness to engage in good faith and work toward solutions. Hiring an attorney may or may not further those goals.

How Long Does Mediation Take?

The length of mediation depends on the number and complexity of issues mediated. Some mediations with fairly straightforward issues can be conducted in just a few hours. Most divorce mediations take between 10-15 hours to complete, including pre-mediation work with the parties, the mediation itself, and post-mediation settlement work. Some mediations with more complex issues, more than two parties, or other pending legal matters may take longer. On average, though, planning for 10 hours of mediation is a reasonable estimate.

Should I Just Mediate My Own Dispute to Save Time and Money?

Mediations are like any other professional service: it is in your best interest to contract with a trained and experienced mediator like Dr. Earwicker in order to navigate the complexities of negotiations and conflict resolution. There is great value in hiring a third-party neutral - the mediator - to assist with the process of conflict resolution. A trained, experienced mediator can skillfully navigate complex interpersonal, psychological, and transactional dynamics. A skilled neutral brings a fresh perspective and a dispassionate evaluation of the situation. This third-party view, especially when coupled with expertise and skill, is an invaluable part of the mediation process.

Is Virtual Mediation as Good as In-Person Mediation?

Advances in technology have made it possible to replicate the effectiveness of in-person mediation services in remote, online, and virtual formats. Some people prefer the in-person format because of the ability to be in the same room with the other party or parties to a dispute. This can be true for any type of dispute, from divorce mediations to contract negotiations and employment disputes. However, all of the dynamics of an effective mediation (including separate "caucuses" and joint "conferences") are easily replicated in virtual platforms. Virtual mediation can also save time and money, because there are no transportation costs, and parties in different locations do not have to negotiate the location of an in-person mediation. In short, virtual mediation can be just as effective as in-person mediation services. Live video streaming and other online technologies make virtual mediation just as effective as in-person counterparts.

Expert Portland ME Mediation

Expert Portland ME Mediation

Portland ME Mediation

Dr. Earwicker's Mediation Services

Dr. Ben Earwicker provides expert mediation services, both online and remotely.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D., provides expert mediation, drawing on his nearly two decades of experience with conflict resolution and mediation. He has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes through his national private practice and administration of a state-wide mediation program through the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Why Mediate with Dr. Earwicker?

Ben’s empathetic approach to conflict resolution ensures the best potential for reaching agreement and discovering a way through conflict. He knows how to navigate complex, technical, and emotionally-charged disputes in almost any context, from employment and labor disputes to family and divorce conflicts to contracts and corporate negotiations. Ben has helped many parties reach mutually-acceptable outcomes through his expert mediation and dispute resolution services.

Contact Dr. Earwicker today, and lean on Ben’s expertise to help resolve your conflict.

The Solution for Your Conflict Resolution

Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes. But at its core, all conflict represents a huge drain of time, money, energy, and other resources. And even though your instinct may be to fight it out, costly legal battles and unresolved conflict can drag on for years with no end in sight.

The cost of conflict is enormous.

Think about the cost of your conflict. Even though you might be on the right side of the situation, there’s no guarantee you can convince the other party of that. In fact, conflict tends to polarize positions and make things even worse over time. Fighting to win is exhausting, and it eventually takes its toll.  

That’s where my mediation can help.

Done right, mediation offers a fresh perspective from a neutral third-party. With mediation, you can finally find a way through your conflict with a skilled facilitator who knows how to assist in a productive negotiation and the conflict resolution process. 

Use my expertise to get “unstuck.”

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck in a conflict you can’t escape. Even if you have the means to fight it out in court or see the conflict through to the bitter end, it’s rarely worth it.

I can help.

Talk with me today about how my mediation services can help you move more quickly through your conflict toward resolution and settlement. 

Put this conflict behind you, once and for all.

Portland ME Mediation

Our Solution for your Conflict Resolution

Our Portland ME mediation can save you time and money.

Mediation can be an effective, cost-saving way to resolve any type of conflict or dispute. Avoid protracted litigation and expensive legal battles with skilled mediation services. No matter how complicated the situation, mediation can help you find a way forward through conflict.

Mediation is a structured negotiation, facilitated by our skilled mediator. Through a series of conversations, conferencing, and strategic sessions, our mediator guides the parties involved in conflict through a process of purposeful discussion and negotiation.

Done right, mediation can break through impasse and generate momentum toward resolution and a negotiated settlement agreement.

Mediation is often the best way to amicably resolve conflict.

We all deal with conflict we didn’t ask for or deserve. And the instinct to push back and fight is a natural response. No one wins in a long, drawn-out conflict, though. And fighting on principle can be an enormous wast of time, money, and other limited resources.

Sometimes it’s best to take a step back and approach the situation differently. Mediation can help.

Professional mediation can help structure a negotiated solution to your conflict. And an experienced mediator can help the parties approach the conflict differently, moving everyone toward ultimate resolution.

Don’t let conflict take up any more of your time and resources. 

Contact us today to discuss our solution for your conflict resolution: Portland ME Mediation.

Mediation in Maine

There are no state or federal certification requirements for mediation in Maine. That means that mediators can provide mediation outside of the courts with little or no experience. That’s why you want an experienced, credentialed mediator to help guide your mediation.

Court-ordered mediation, however, does have certain requirements, which you can see at the State of Maine Judicial Branches pages on alternative dispute resolution. Maine courts provide a wide range of mediation for just about every imaginable type of court case. The Maine Courts also provide an informative page about mediation and how it relates to the judicial system. Finally, the descriptive page on when and how mediation is scheduled in the court system offers a detailed look at court-ordered ADR in Maine.

Ultimately, when choosing a mediator, you want to evaluate the mediator’s experience, credentials, and areas of expertise to make sure there is a good fit with you and the conflict you are trying to resolve. Contact us today to discuss our mediation services and how we can best meet your mediation needs.

How Much Will Mediation Cost?

Prices include all mediation services, from pre-convening consultation through post-mediation settlement work.

Initial Consultation

Free No Obligation Consultation
  • 30 Minutes
  • Consultation covers the Nature and Extent of Conflict and Goals for all Parties Involved
  • No Obligation to Continue with VirNet Mediation
  • Discuss your Situation in Depth

Hourly Rate

Contact
for Hourly Rates and a Custom Estimate
  • Competitive Rates
  • Total Hours Depend on Nature and Extent of Conflict
  • Billing can be Divided
  • Convenient Scheduling
get a quote

Frequently Asked Questions - Portland ME Mediation

What Does Mediation Look Like?

Mediation is a structured conversation and negotiation. The parties first meet separately with Dr. Earwicker. He explores each person's goals, ideals, and interests in detail. This helps structure mediation conversations. In some divorce mediations, parties opt to provide written position statements prior to the mediation, but that is not required. After meeting with the parties, Dr. Earwicker will schedule the mediation. Typically, the mediation occurs in separate rooms. In some cases (or upon request), Dr. Earwicker will bring the parties together in the same room, either virtually or in-person. In other cases, the parties will not meet face-to-face. Either way, Dr. Earwicker facilitates the discussion and structures the mediation to move the parties toward a negotiated solution. If the parties agree on one or more issues, Dr. Earwicker provides a written settlement agreement for the parties to review and sign. Any mediation agreement is completely voluntary and between the parties to the dispute.

Do I Have to See the Other Party Face-to-Face?

In any mediation, face-to-face contact is not required for a successful mediation. Sometimes it may be beneficial to convene a joint session with the parties all in one room (either virtually or in-person). At other times, depending on the nature of the conflict, face-to-face interaction may not be desirable or warranted. Ultimately, it is up to the parties to decide whether or not to meet face-to-face. This is true whether the mediation services are provided virtually or in-person.

Is Mediation Binding?

Unlike arbitration (where an arbitrator issues a binding decision on the facts of the case), mediation does not result in a binding decision by the mediator. The parties in a mediation are the ones who decide whether to agree on one or more issues. Only they can "bind" the other party through mutual agreement. In this way, a mediation settlement agreement between the parties can be binding as a contract between them. But the mediator's job is not to make a decision. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions between the parties and helps them arrive at an agreed-upon solution.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Mediate?

Hiring an attorney is not a pre-requisite to mediation. At the same time, you are always welcome to hire an attorney who represents you and your interests in mediation. Keep in mind that the mediator is a neutral party and does not represent either party in the dispute. Thus, you may elect to seek out legal representation if you want someone who can represent you and your interests. Ultimately, though, the success of mediation depends on the parties' willingness to engage in good faith and work toward solutions. Hiring an attorney may or may not further those goals.

How Long Does Mediation Take?

The length of mediation depends on the number and complexity of issues mediated. Some mediations with fairly straightforward issues can be conducted in just a few hours. Most divorce mediations take between 10-15 hours to complete, including pre-mediation work with the parties, the mediation itself, and post-mediation settlement work. Some mediations with more complex issues, more than two parties, or other pending legal matters may take longer. On average, though, planning for 10 hours of mediation is a reasonable estimate.

Should I Just Mediate My Own Dispute to Save Time and Money?

Mediations are like any other professional service: it is in your best interest to contract with a trained and experienced mediator like Dr. Earwicker in order to navigate the complexities of negotiations and conflict resolution. There is great value in hiring a third-party neutral - the mediator - to assist with the process of conflict resolution. A trained, experienced mediator can skillfully navigate complex interpersonal, psychological, and transactional dynamics. A skilled neutral brings a fresh perspective and a dispassionate evaluation of the situation. This third-party view, especially when coupled with expertise and skill, is an invaluable part of the mediation process.

Is Virtual Mediation as Good as In-Person Mediation?

Advances in technology have made it possible to replicate the effectiveness of in-person mediation services in remote, online, and virtual formats. Some people prefer the in-person format because of the ability to be in the same room with the other party or parties to a dispute. This can be true for any type of dispute, from divorce mediations to contract negotiations and employment disputes. However, all of the dynamics of an effective mediation (including separate "caucuses" and joint "conferences") are easily replicated in virtual platforms. Virtual mediation can also save time and money, because there are no transportation costs, and parties in different locations do not have to negotiate the location of an in-person mediation. In short, virtual mediation can be just as effective as in-person mediation services. Live video streaming and other online technologies make virtual mediation just as effective as in-person counterparts.

Expert Portland ME Divorce Mediation

Portland ME Divorce Mediation

Portland ME Divorce Mediation

Mediate Virtually, Online, or In-Person with Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D.

Conflict Resolution with an Expert Divorce Mediator

Portland ME divorce mediation can save you time and money.

Divorces can be some of the most contentious and painful conflicts many of us will ever experience. Child custody arrangements, division of assets, and other difficult decisions make divorce especially frustrating. You may be dealing with the stress of a long-standing conflict. Or you might face the frustration of impasse and deadlock. Perhaps you and a partner can’t agree on a way forward.

Regardless of the extent of your conflict, divorce mediation can provide a way forward.

First, it’s important to work with a skilled facilitator. Expert mediator Dr. Ben Earwicker can guide you through your conflict to resolution. Second, how effectively you deal with conflict depends on the tools you apply.  Divorce mediation with our experienced mediator can help break through impasse. Dr. Earwicker can help you resolve your divorce disputes and write a new chapter.

Don’t let conflict take up any more of your time and resources. 

Contact Dr. Earwicker today to discuss virtual, online, and remote Portland ME divorce mediation.

Portland ME Divorce Mediation Basics

Divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.

In Portland ME, there are two ways to approach uncontested divorce: default or by agreement. A default divorce occurs when one spouse files divorce papers and the other spouse does not respond. To file an uncontested divorce by agreement, you must agree on all substantive issues. You must also provide a written settlement agreement that details the agreements between the spouses. There are also various residency requirements that you must meet. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A § 901. Also, Maine provides various fault or no-fault grounds for divorce. It is most common in an uncontested divorce to cite “irreconcilable differences” rather than fault-based grounds for divorce. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A § 902.

Portland ME divorce mediation can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist in your divorce settlement agreement. Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides useful forms and information on filing. Also, the court locator offers a list of all courts where you can file for divorce in Portland ME.

You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes and then file an uncontested divorce in Maine.

For more information on Portland ME divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Maine.

Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:

  • lower cost,
  • freedom to make informed decisions,
  • control, and
  • communication.

You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.

For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses. 

Dr. Earwicker's Mediation Services

Dr. Ben Earwicker provides expert mediation services, both online and remotely.

Meet the Expert

Dr. Ben Earwicker, Ph.D., provides expert mediation, drawing on his nearly two decades of experience with conflict resolution and mediation. He has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes through his national private practice and administration of a state-wide mediation program through the Idaho Human Rights Commission.

Why Mediate with Dr. Earwicker?

Ben’s empathetic approach to conflict resolution ensures the best potential for reaching agreement and discovering a way through conflict. He knows how to navigate complex, technical, and emotionally-charged disputes in almost any context, from employment and labor disputes to family and divorce conflicts to contracts and corporate negotiations. Ben has helped many parties reach mutually-acceptable outcomes through his expert mediation and dispute resolution services.

Contact Dr. Earwicker today, and lean on Ben’s expertise to help resolve your conflict.

Portland ME Divorce Mediation with Dr. Earwicker

Child Custody Battles. Division of Property. Asset ownership and control. Divorce mediation services can be used to resolve each of these conflicts, and more. Using virtual or in-person mediation,  Dr. Earwicker guides the parties through a process of negotiation that can result in a solution created by and for the parties themselves. Divorce mediation requires a willingness to engage and an openness to whatever solutions emerge. And as mediation.com notes, “The mediator acts as a third party, with the aim of improving communication between the disagreeing parties in order to find a suitable means of settling the dispute.” In this way, Dr. Earwicker brings a fresh perspective and the tools to make that happen. Whether you prefer virtual or in-person mediation, Dr. Earwicker can provide you with the expert divorce mediation services you need to resolve your dispute. Conflict resolution is just a click or call away.

The Goal of Portland ME Divorce Mediation

You’ve already made the difficult and painful decision to pursue a divorce. You want to avoid a nasty, public court battle. You also know you need a skilled facilitator to help guide you through the conflict resolution process. The issue, then, is figuring out exactly how to work through the conflict and come out better on the other side. Just like visiting a physician for physical ailments, it’s best to seek out a professional mediator to help resolve your divorce disputes. The end goal? Resolution. Peace of mind. A fresh start. Putting all this behind you and moving on. Dr. Earwicker has the skills and experience you need for a mediated solution to your divorce disputes.

How Much Will Mediation Cost?

Prices include all mediation services, from pre-convening consultation through post-mediation settlement work.

Initial Consultation

Free No Obligation Consultation
  • 30 Minutes
  • Consultation covers the Nature and Extent of Conflict and Goals for all Parties Involved
  • No Obligation to Continue with VirNet Mediation
  • Discuss your Situation in Depth

Hourly Rate

Contact
for Hourly Rates and a Custom Estimate
  • Competitive Rates
  • Total Hours Depend on Nature and Extent of Conflict
  • Billing can be Divided
  • Convenient Scheduling
get a quote

Frequently Asked Questions - Portland ME Divorce Mediation

What Does Mediation Look Like?

Mediation is a structured conversation and negotiation. The parties first meet separately with Dr. Earwicker. He explores each person's goals, ideals, and interests in detail. This helps structure mediation conversations. In some divorce mediations, parties opt to provide written position statements prior to the mediation, but that is not required. After meeting with the parties, Dr. Earwicker will schedule the mediation. Typically, the mediation occurs in separate rooms. In some cases (or upon request), Dr. Earwicker will bring the parties together in the same room, either virtually or in-person. In other cases, the parties will not meet face-to-face. Either way, Dr. Earwicker facilitates the discussion and structures the mediation to move the parties toward a negotiated solution. If the parties agree on one or more issues, Dr. Earwicker provides a written settlement agreement for the parties to review and sign. Any mediation agreement is completely voluntary and between the parties to the dispute.

Do I Have to See the Other Party Face-to-Face?

In any mediation, face-to-face contact is not required for a successful mediation. Sometimes it may be beneficial to convene a joint session with the parties all in one room (either virtually or in-person). At other times, depending on the nature of the conflict, face-to-face interaction may not be desirable or warranted. Ultimately, it is up to the parties to decide whether or not to meet face-to-face. This is true whether the mediation services are provided virtually or in-person.

Is Mediation Binding?

Unlike arbitration (where an arbitrator issues a binding decision on the facts of the case), mediation does not result in a binding decision by the mediator. The parties in a mediation are the ones who decide whether to agree on one or more issues. Only they can "bind" the other party through mutual agreement. In this way, a mediation settlement agreement between the parties can be binding as a contract between them. But the mediator's job is not to make a decision. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions between the parties and helps them arrive at an agreed-upon solution.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Mediate?

Hiring an attorney is not a pre-requisite to mediation. At the same time, you are always welcome to hire an attorney who represents you and your interests in mediation. Keep in mind that the mediator is a neutral party and does not represent either party in the dispute. Thus, you may elect to seek out legal representation if you want someone who can represent you and your interests. Ultimately, though, the success of mediation depends on the parties' willingness to engage in good faith and work toward solutions. Hiring an attorney may or may not further those goals.

How Long Does Mediation Take?

The length of mediation depends on the number and complexity of issues mediated. Some mediations with fairly straightforward issues can be conducted in just a few hours. Most divorce mediations take between 10-15 hours to complete, including pre-mediation work with the parties, the mediation itself, and post-mediation settlement work. Some mediations with more complex issues, more than two parties, or other pending legal matters may take longer. On average, though, planning for 10 hours of mediation is a reasonable estimate.

Should I Just Mediate My Own Dispute to Save Time and Money?

Mediations are like any other professional service: it is in your best interest to contract with a trained and experienced mediator like Dr. Earwicker in order to navigate the complexities of negotiations and conflict resolution. There is great value in hiring a third-party neutral - the mediator - to assist with the process of conflict resolution. A trained, experienced mediator can skillfully navigate complex interpersonal, psychological, and transactional dynamics. A skilled neutral brings a fresh perspective and a dispassionate evaluation of the situation. This third-party view, especially when coupled with expertise and skill, is an invaluable part of the mediation process.

Is Virtual Mediation as Good as In-Person Mediation?

Advances in technology have made it possible to replicate the effectiveness of in-person mediation services in remote, online, and virtual formats. Some people prefer the in-person format because of the ability to be in the same room with the other party or parties to a dispute. This can be true for any type of dispute, from divorce mediations to contract negotiations and employment disputes. However, all of the dynamics of an effective mediation (including separate "caucuses" and joint "conferences") are easily replicated in virtual platforms. Virtual mediation can also save time and money, because there are no transportation costs, and parties in different locations do not have to negotiate the location of an in-person mediation. In short, virtual mediation can be just as effective as in-person mediation services. Live video streaming and other online technologies make virtual mediation just as effective as in-person counterparts.