What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that serves
as an alternative dispute resolution method to avoid contested
Who is involved in a mediation session?
A mediation session involves the parties and a neutral
Can custody disputes be handled by mediation?
In custody disputes, parties are frequently referred to
the Office of Family Court Counseling, or in counties where
such an office has not been established to a court-appointed
mediator. In Dane County there is a program through the
Dane County Bar Association in which attorneys volunteer
their time to act as mediator for property and financial
disputes. Often, the attorneys for the parties participate
in the mediation effort through the DCBA mediation project.
Can we forced into mediation?
Neither party can be forced to agree at mediation.
What is the purpose of mediation?
The philosophy is to permit the parties to reach a solution
that is agreeable to each of them, though perhaps with great
compromise, instead of risking that the judge will issue
an order that incorporates his or her own position.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution,
and a mediator is a person who facilitates the mediation
between parties who have a dispute. When the parties form
an agreement, the mediator prepares a written draft of the
agreement for the parties.
Many people have a mediator help them resolve disputes.
In some situations, the mediator represents one of the parties
and is helping both parties find common ground to help them
resolve issues in a mutually beneficial manner. In other
situations, the mediator is a neutral third-party who is
unfamiliar with both parties.
The major benefits of mediation are that they are resolved
outside of the courtroom, thus preventing either party from
a possibly lengthly trial, and they are a cost effective
method of obtaining a resolution to a dispute.
Attorney Kathleen Reiley assists her clients in mediating
their disputes. She also acts as a neutral mediator for
non-client parties in the financial aspects of divorce and
In addition to her many years of mediation experience,
Attorney Reiley completed the 25-hour Divorce Mediation
Training on November 1, 2006 through the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Division of Continuing Studies, Professional Development
and Applied Studies.