§§ 2710 of the Ohio Revised Code, also known as the Uniform
Mediation Act governs the
mediation process as applied in this website.
The process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.
Please look at ORC
Basically, these mediation provisions apply if a person is required by a Court
to mediate a dispute.
A mediation communication is privileged and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a proceeding, unless waived or under other certain limited circumstances. Most of the exceptions to this privilege can be found at ORC
A mediator has no authority to order the parties to do anything.
Mediation allows the participants to retain control of the outcome. The process actually empowers the parties to make informed decisions resulting in their own creative solutions. The
mediator is there to present options, direct discussion, maintain order and focus and encouragement.
Also, mediation is more efficient time wise and can be less costly than
In the area of family law, such matters as:
● Post Decree issues
● The allocation of parental rights and responsibilities (Custody)
● Change of custody
Usually the mediator and the parents, sometimes the lawyers, and by agreement,
anyone else the parties and the mediator believe will be helpful to the
Yes. Throughout the mediation process the participants have the right and the opportunity to consult with whomever they choose.
The terms of a mediation agreement are not ordinarily binding until such time
as those terms are included in a Court order.
Nothing said or done in mediation, with very few exceptions, can be used by either side against the other.
In fact, the mediator can not be compelled to testify about the mediation.
Unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties, each party to the mediation will
be equally responsible to pay the costs of the mediation.
The mediator charges an hourly rate for his time.
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