Mediation is an informal process for resolving disputes. The parties, and their lawyers if they are represented, work with the mediator to try and find a solution to the dispute by meeting together, sometimes at the same table or at least in the same building. The mediator is a neutral party whose role is to facilitate discussion and allow the parties to come to their own agreement.

Mediation can occur before a lawsuit is filed or after, and it can be court ordered or voluntary.  The major advantages are saving time and expense versus formal court proceedings, faster resolution, and the parties’ control over their case.

The Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission certifies mediators in Arkansas and governs the practice.  Jim Gramling is certified for general civil mediation, probate, and family law mediation.