October or November is traditionally recognized as Mediation Month by various organizations throughout North America. The recognition helps promote and educate the public about the benefits of the alternative dispute resolution process.
For those that may be unfamiliar with mediation, The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators, adopted by the American Bar Association, defines mediation as:
“Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication and negotiation and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to the dispute.”
Mediation has been gaining popularity in recent years with corporations, government, federal courts, circuit courts, business owners, families, and individuals. In the spirit of raising awareness, promotion, and education, included below are links to articles, websites, and general information about mediation:
*Oregon proclaims October Mediation Month;
*Some Illinois organizations celebrate Mediation Month in November;
*Mediation Council of Illinois' Standards of Practice;
*Mediation Council of Illinois' recommendations for screening a potential mediator;
*American Bar Association's Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators;
*ABA Rule 2.4 Lawyer serving as a third party neutral;
*Role of Attorney in mediation process;
*Example of Family Mediation Services Abroad (Ireland);
For families especially, November is a good time to schedule a mediation appointment to address any holiday parenting time concerns. Resolving family issues before the holiday season approaches will help reduce stress and allow everyone to enjoy the holidays with loved ones. Please visit our contact page to secure an appointment before the holiday season.
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