Maui Mediation Services (MMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1982. MMS provides alternative dispute resolution, facilitation and training to Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Trained volunteer mediators from MMS work to promote better understanding and communication by offering high quality mediation services to those in conflict.
Mediation is a voluntary process that offers an effective and inexpensive way to resolve a dispute quickly.
The mediators are neutral professionals from the community that have completed training in conflict resolution and communication skills. They assist participants in conflict with listening, understanding and talking to each other more effectively. During the mediation, they find common ground between parties and attempt to help the parties come to a win-win solution.
How Does The Mediation Process Work?
1. An individual or business contacts Maui Mediation. If he or she would like to move forward with the process, a case is opened. MMS gets information about the participant and the other party involved in the dispute.
2. Once the Case Manager has determined that the dispute is appropriate for mediation, the mediation session is scheduled. Mediations are normally scheduled 2-3 weeks out.
3. During the mediation session, the mediators guide a process in which all participants have an opportunity to discuss issues and explore options for resolving the dispute.
4. If the parties agree on a solution the mediators record the details in a written agreement. All parties sign the agreement indicating their willingness to comply with the terms. Signed copies of the agreement are given to each party.
5. The success of the mediation depends upon the cooperation of both parties to reach consensus as well as their ability to negotiate and to be open to new ideas.
How Much Does Mediation Cost?
Mediation is a very cost effective way of settling disputes. Fees are based on annual income and range from $70 to $550 per party per session. A session can last up to 4 hours. MMS does not refuse service for inability to pay.
When Is Mediation Not Appropriate?
Mediation may not be appropriate when there is a history of domestic violence or child abuse.