Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an attorney?
No. Parties that would like to engage the services of a mediator do not need an attorney. However, if you already have an attorney or if you would like to be represented by an attorney during mediation, you can. Our mediators are trained to work directly with the parties, but they can also work with parties and their attorneys.
How expensive is Mediation?
The expenses of mediation can differ from case to case depending on which mediator is assigned to the case, how many sessions are required, and how long the sessions last. Most cases are mediated in one session, lasting anywhere from 2-4 hours. Our mediators have different rates. On average, parties to mediation can expect fees anywhere from $300.00 to $1,000.00, divided 50/50 between the parties. Because the parties divide the fees equally between them, mediation is generally less expensive than going to court.
When do I use Mediation?
Any time you have a dispute. You can use mediation before you ever file a lawsuit or you can use mediation to settle a lawsuit that is pending. You can use mediation for all types of cases, even for divorce and custody disputes.
Is Mediation confidential?
Yes. We have facilities that are professional and discrete, which also take into account the needs of victims of domestic violence. Mediators cannot testify in court concerning issues discussed in mediation sessions and any documents you provided to us will be kept confidential from the other party, unless you give us permission to do otherwise.
Is mediation enforceable in court?
Mediation is voluntary, however, if we reach an agreement in mediation, both parties will sign a mediated agreement laying out the terms of their agreement in writing. The mediated agreement can be reduced to a court order.
Arbitration, another form of alternative dispute resolution we offer, is binding on the parties and enforceable in court.
How do I get started?
Contact our office at 605-878-0806, by e-mail, or stop in and we will help you get started.
Conflict Resolution & Mediation Center requires payment at the conclusion of each mediation session.
We accept cash, check, and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover)
Mediation sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Other times are available by appointment.
Two locations are available for mediation sessions: Watertown, SD and Ortonville, MN.
Our mediators will conduct sessions at alternative locations; however, travel expenses will be in addition to the mediation fee.
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Remaining neutral in every dispute is what allows us to offer effective mediation. Therefore, when contacting our office, please remember we are limited to providing information about our services, coordinating with both parties to schedule mediation sessions, and gathering the necessary documents and information of your case.
Our mediators cannot discuss the details of a case with either party until the mediation session, when both parties have an opportunity to be equally heard.