Crafting Creative Solutions
“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative means of responding to
it…” -Dorothy Thompson.
People don’t expect conflict. Whether in a marriage, as co-workers on a project, or when dealing
with your siblings or elderly parents, people generally believe they will be able to move forward
with others in unity. Then, something happens and worlds collide. As debris rains from the sky,
people lose their ability to creatively respond to the underlying issues. That’s where a mediator
Mediators work with parties in a dispute by helping them first figure out what is going on, then
facilitating their efforts to define priorities, discern options, and create solutions that serve the
interests of all involved. Mediators do this by combining the information provided by the parties
with in-depth knowledge of the legal and practical issues generally present in each category of
dispute. Mediators help parties break the issues into manageable pieces while educating on the
available remedies and their likely impact on the parties futures. Mediators then enable people to
tap into their own abilities to craft solutions to the conflicts they face and move forward. In the
process the parties learn how to adjust their relationship to healthily engage with each other
whether they continue to be intimately involved or move onto separate spheres.
Mediators are facilitators and have no authority to decide any issue. They do their best to help the
parties themselves come to their own agreement, outside of courts, with or without attorneys or
other less formal advisors. When an agreement is reached, the mediators captures it in a written
document which then may be reviewed by attorneys and sometimes filed with a court.
Separation or Divorce
Parties can employ The Resolution Center to provide mediation services to assist them in
resolving a separation or divorce as an isolated service or in conjunction with Child and Family
Advocate, Divorce coaching, or Divorce Financial Planning services as a package. The objective
in all cases is to provide clients with a mix or services that addresses their unique circumstances
and meets their needs.
When contracting with The Resolution Center for mediation services, whether in conjunction
with other services (other than arbitration) or not, either party can terminate at any time, Unlike
arbitration, the parties are not bound to complete the process, or jointly agree to terminate.