The Mediation Association of Colorado (theMAC)
theMAC supports mediation as an effective means of resolving disputes of all types. We connect the public and the courts to our qualified professionals who address the needs of a diverse population across Colorado.
Mediation is a process that brings parties together to resolve their differences through discussion and problem-solving. The goal is to achieve "win-win" solutions. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps facilitate the dialogue but is not the final decision-maker, arbitrator, or judge. Mediation can resolve disputes quickly and satisfactorily without the expense, delay and anxiety of litigation.
By offering a safe environment for parties to express their needs and interests, discuss options and reach a mutually agreeable resolution, mediation can preserve important relationships. Mediators assure the fairness of the process, facilitate communication, and maintain the balance of power between the parties.
Mediation sessions are confidential and voluntary for all parties. The process typically involves one or more meetings between the disputing parties and the mediator. It may also include one or more confidential sessions between individual parties and the mediator (a “caucus”). Either party may withdraw at any time. Generally, a signed agreement is binding; in some cases, court approval may be necessary.
During mediation parties may choose to be represented by an attorney. Mediators may not give legal advice or interpret the law. They can refer parties to impartial outside experts in legal, financial, or other fields to address specific questions or issues that might arise. If parties arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution, mediators may assist in drafting Memorandums of Understanding, comprised of the terms to which the parties have agreed. If mediation is unsuccessful and an agreement cannot be reached, parties may still pursue all legal remedies, including private lawsuits.
Some mediators offer online mediation using video technology. Online mediation may be useful when the parties to the mediation are not in the same geographic area, when there aren’t mediators available in the mediation parties’ geographic area, and during times of social distancing such as what is taking place due to COVID-19. Some common platforms for online mediation include Zoom and Go To Meeting. These platforms require a free download and camera and microphone features that are already part of most laptop computers, phones, and other devices. The online mediation meeting format is the same as if the meeting was happening in an office or conference room. If you are searching for a mediator who offers online mediation, go to the Find A Mediator Tool tab. Do not select a county or city and go to the bottom of the page and select "online mediation".
If the court has ordered you to participate in mediation, theMAC can help. Use our Find-A-Mediator tool to search for a mediator based on name, area of practice, language spoken, county, or city. Or just see a list of all of our Professional Member mediators. Schedule your mediation directly with the mediator that you select.
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