Law Offices of Anne Chestney Mudd

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is one alternative to litigation as a method to resolve disputes of all types.

A mediator acts as a neutral third party who facilitates informed negotiation that leads to the parties reaching agreement. Parties learn to manage and resolve conflict as they work through the process.

Do I still have an attorney?

Parties are encouraged to retain attorneys that they can consult during the mediation process, but generally in Illinois, the attorneys are not present during the actual mediation sessions.

At the conclusion of mediation, the mediator prepares a "Memorandum of Understanding" that details all the agreements the parties have reached. Where necessary, such as divorce, an attorney converts this Memorandum into a document for the court to accept.

What makes mediation different?

Mediation is future focused and goal oriented. The parties agree to disclose everything to one another in the safe environment of the mediation. The process is entirely voluntary, is not binding, and the mediator does not make a decision for the parties.

The parties are in complete control of the process and the decisions that are made. The mediator is only a guide.

How does Anne use her skills as a mediator?

She enables the participants to identify their problems and objectives and to engage in healthy negotiation of outcomes.

Anne fosters dialogue and assist parties in reaching a common understanding. She uses the skills of listening, information gathering, and moving parties forward, diffusing destructive emotion. This helps those in conflict to generate creative ideas and reach consensus.

Contact us to discuss how mediation can bring honesty, dignity, and peace to your situation.


People agreeing after mediation


"That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.