Important Information about the Mediation Process at PLCMC:

General Mediation FAQ

APPOINTMENTS:

Prairie Land is a volunteer-run organization providing free by-appointment mediation services. Mediators, recorders and the scheduler donate their time and skills to successful mediations. Appointments may be set on a day 3-5 days after the initial calls from both parties or 7 or more days during busy weeks. Each side must call in to schedule an appointment.


INTAKES:

Every person who requests mediation service through Prairie Land attends an intake meeting alone with the mediator (25-30 minutes). This meeting is confidential, and allows the mediator to better understand the person's needs and concerns regarding mediation.


VOICEMAIL:

In order to provide free services, we do not staff a receptionist. Sending a text or leaving voicemail provides a record of your request and allows us to respond as soon as possible.


DOCUMENTATION:

Prairie Land do not archive casefiles for request. All document requests and questions about filings are made through court. Letters regarding case determinations are only ever sent to the presiding Judge.


*PLCMC reserves the right to refuse service at anytime for any reason.

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

An informal process in which a neutral third party helps people in conflict negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement.

WHAT WE ASK:
1. Significant others, relatives, friends or another person who is not a client, mediator or scribe is not permitted to be present during the mediation unless both parties agree to their participation. Children are never permitted in mediation.
2. 24 Hours: If a client would like his or her attorney to review the Mediated Agreement before signing, 24 hours are given for this review.
3. Attorneys: If a client would like his or her attorney to be present during the mediation, both parties must have their attorneys present.
THE BENEFITS:
  1. Mediation may be less expensive than going to court.
  2. Mediation is usually faster than going to court.
  3. Mediation is private and confidential.
  4. Mediation gives parties a chance to fashion an agreement which meets their needs.
  5. Mediation gives parties control over the outcome.
WHAT HAPPENS IN MEDIATION?
Generally, the mediator begins by describing the process, and parties are given an opportunity to tell their side of the story. The mediator then helps identify the issues, suggests a negotiation process, promotes communication, and helps the parties look at possible options for agreement. During the mediation, the mediator may meet with each party separately.  These separate meetings provide an opportunity for parties to discuss with the mediator specific concerns or goals they might not want to disclose to other parties.
TYPES OF MEDIATION: 
  1. Domestic Relations: including divorce, parental responsibility (custody), property division, and parenting time and support.
  2. Civil cases:  including contracts, fee disputes, landlord/tenant, employer/employee, money demands or small claims.
  3. Criminal cases: victim/offender restitution.
  4. Veterans: re-entry into civilian life.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN AGREEMENT IS REACHED?
The Mediator can help the parties put everything in writing. The parties should then take the draft agreement to their lawyers for review, comment, and processing through the court.  If the lawyers attend the mediation the lawyer may draft the agreement. If the parties do not reach an agreement, they simply notify their lawyers and go back to court.
WHAT IS THE COST?
PLCMC provides family mediation services at no cost to its clients.