What is Mediation?
Mediation is a way for parties to resolve their disputes in a confidential setting with the assistance of a neutral third party whose role is to assist the parties in reaching an agreement on disputed issues by identifying unresolved issues, exploring options and facilitating communication between the parties. Attorneys for the parties also participate in the mediation conferences. A mediated resolution allows the parties to avoid the uncertainty an expense of a contested court proceeding.
I. General Civil Cases
The Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court automatically refers all civil cases to the Court’s in-house mediation program. These cases include: personal injury; auto accidents; employment disputes; real property disputes; contract disputes; medical malpractice; and construction disputes.
II. Foreclosure Cases
In foreclosure mediations, the mediator works with the parties to a mortgage to discuss the issues that led to the foreclosure. Transferring the home back to the mortgage company and modifying the loan terms are two of many possible results from the mediation
Foreclosure Mediation Process
Domestic Relations Mediation (Family Law)
The Domestic Mediation Program in Tuscarawas County provides parties in a divorce or post decree case with the opportunity to submit custody, visitation, child support and property division issues to mediation before proceeding to a contested hearing before the Court. These cases are referred to mediation by the Court or at the request of a party.
Married people who plan to file a divorce or dissolution can also ask the Mediation Program to assist them in resolving their marriage termination issues before filing a divorce or dissolution. See below for the form to use to request this free service.