Since mediation is a cost-effective and time-efficient option, many people prefer using this service. This out-of-court method of dispute resolution can be taken in person or virtually. However, for the past few years, virtual mediation has gained rapid momentum. With benefits like convenience, comfort, cost-effectiveness, and more, virtual mediation is a great option to resolve disputes. But before you choose the virtual mediation process, knowing how it works can assist you in making the most out of the process.
Here are the six stages of virtual mediation that you should know for effective outcomes.
Stage1: Opening Statement by the Mediator
During this first stage of virtual mediation, the mediator will ensure that all parties are present and seated for the session. The mediator will explain the mediation rules and regulations along with the goals of the mediation session. The mediator may urge the parties to be cooperative during the session.
Stage2: Opening Statements by the Disputants
During this stage, each party is allowed to explain the dispute along with the consequences. This may include financial, emotional, and physical consequences. Disputants may also suggest general methods to resolve the issue. During this stage, when one party is speaking, the other isn’t allowed to interrupt.
Stage3: Joint Discussion
In this stage of virtual mediation, the mediator will call both parties together to jointly discuss and respond to the opening statements. This will also help the mediator to fine tune the exact issues for further sessions.
Stage4: Private Caucus
During this stage, the mediator will interact with each party separately in different rooms. This is a chance for the mediator to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each party. This also gives the mediator a chance for exchanging offers. Private caucus sessions are the time when you will see the exact expertise of the mediator.
Stage5: Joint Discussion
This stage is optional after a private caucus, and it will happen only when the parties have reached an agreement.
Finally, if the parties have reached an agreement, the mediator will put the provision in writing and ask the parties to sign them.
As you can see, a virtual mediation will follow a thorough process to ensure that both parties involved in the dispute come to a resolution. If you are looking for effective mediation services, get in touch with us at Virtual Mediation Solutions. Our professional, certified, and experienced virtual mediators will ensure to provide a smooth and effective mediation session.
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