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  • Se'Lena Wingfield, Ph.D.

5 Steps to Mediating Guardianship

Step 1: Understand the Basics of Guardianship Mediation. To begin, it is important to understand the basics of guardianship mediation. Guardianship mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can be used to resolve disputes between guardians and other parties, such as a court, a family member, or a lawyer. Mediation is a process of negotiation and discussion between both parties that is facilitated by a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The mediator’s role is to guide the conversation and ensure both parties feel heard and understood. Step 2: Find a Qualified Mediator. The next step is to find a qualified mediator who is experienced in guardianship mediation and can guide the process. The mediation process can be lengthy and it is important to find a mediator who can provide a safe, comfortable environment for both parties. Step 3: Prepare for the Mediation. Before the mediation begins, it is important for both parties to prepare for the process. This includes gathering any relevant documents and information that can help support the case. It is also important to review any relevant laws and regulations so that both parties understand their rights and obligations. Step 4: Participate in the Mediation. During the mediation, it is important for both parties to remain open and honest about their feelings and concerns. It is also important for both parties to be respectful of each other and strive to find a mutually beneficial solution. The mediator will help to ensure that both parties have the opportunity to be heard and that a decision is reached in a timely manner. Step 5: Follow Through on the Agreement. Once an agreement is reached, it is important to follow through with the terms of the agreement. This includes any modifications or changes that were discussed during the mediation process. Additionally, if any documents need to be filed with the court, it is important to do so in a timely manner.

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