Unresolved conflict in personal relationships can damage a person’s physical and mental health as the issue drags out. It is not always possible for people to agree on everything, but reaching a resolution through mediation can help people move on in a healthy way, and reduce the emotional upheaval.

Personal conflict occurs between people when each person has a vastly opposing view to the other and a resolution can’t be reached.

The most obvious example is the case of a relationship breakdown. Although this is by no means the only scenario where two people can be in conflict with each other, the breakdown of a relationship does highlight how two people can be locked into a rigid stance that prevents any kind of progression.

How can mediation help?

Mediation can help break the impasse and bring about a resolution in a quicker, less aggressive, and more cost effective, manner.

How does mediation do this? Firstly, a mediator is a completely impartial third party observer. Both sides in the dispute will be treated equally.

Secondly, the two different people involved in the conflict will agree on a way to solve it themselves. If matters go to court, a judge decides on how the conflict will be resolved, removing control from the people in the dispute.

Mediation is also different in other ways:

  • Its only aim is to resolve a conflict
  • The mediator will work with each party to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement
  • The process is designed to be collaborative
  • Each party enters the mediation process of their own free will
  • The process is empowering for both parties
  • The mediator ensures that the environment in which mediation takes place is respectful
  • A settlement is reached with both parties’ input
  • Each person is consulted about everything that takes place in the mediation

Due to these different characteristics, mediation is known as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Mediation can work between two people or between many people if they are in vehement disagreement over an issue.

Likewise, embarking on a mediation process can help resolve a conflict over only one issue, or over many multi-faceted issues.

If you’d like to know more about how mediation can help resolve disputes, contact us. We have a dedicated team of mediation experts who are willing to have a confidential discussion with you.

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