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Conflict often seems to be an inevitable part of life. Conflict and disputes can lead to legal battles in the courtroom which can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful.

Imagine solving your conflict without going to court—that is the idea behind mediation.

The mediation attorneys at One Law Group, S.C. believe in and practice dispute resolution through the processes of mediation and collaborative law.As a neutral third party our goal is to help the parties reach an agreement that meets both their needs.

Our mediation team is a group of licensed professional attorneys. We offer mediation and collaborative law services in a small, intimate and comfortable environment, and are dedicated to meeting your individual needs. We can help you resolve the dispute with a unique and creative approach that is smart, safe, responsive, and designed for success.

One Law Group, S.C. provides mediation and collaborative law services for all areas of disputes, including but not limited to the following:

  • Business / Commercial Disputes
  • Child Custody / Child Support
  • Divorce / Separation
  • Family Disputes
  • Marital Property Division
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Disputes
  • Real Estate Conflicts
  • Workplace / School Disputes


Frequently Asked Questions

What are some benefits of mediation?
  • Mediation provides a platform for parties to tell their story.
  • Mediation promotes cooperation between the parties in dispute.
  • Mediation diffuses anger and strengthens damaged relationships.
  • Mediation allows both parties to decide outcomes, rather than a court or judge.
  • Mediation broadens the possibilities for a workable settlement.
  • Mediation forces people to accept their own decisions as part of the agreement.


What is a typical mediation like?
Commonly, the disputants (and their lawyers, if they are using lawyers) meet with the mediator for an opening session. The mediator explains the process they will be using and what is expected of everyone. Then the disputants each tell their side of the dispute and the mediator asks questions to be sure all understand. The joint meeting usually breaks up into two separate meetings, or caucuses.

The mediator then talks to each side in the caucus in an attempt to learn what is motivating the dispute, what the underlying issues are, and where there are areas for movement from established positions. The mediator may ask more penetrating questions than in the joint session, since what goes on in caucus is confidential and not conveyed to the other side.

The mediator may offer to try different proposals on the other side to see what the response might be. The disputants do not have to take responsibility for any position the mediator is trying out, because it is not their position – only a mediator’s attempt at moving the process along.

Ordinarily, the mediator moves between the disputants, helping them invent new possibilities, trying out ideas, and narrowing the differences. A successful mediation ends in an agreement that resolves the underlying dispute.

When can I use mediation?
You can mediate whenever you have a dispute that could interfere with a business or personal relationship. Mediation may be less costly than going to trial to decide the issue. It may also allow you to arrive at a decision that is more reflective of your needs and priorities, as the mediator will help you to communicate openly and find a compromise that works best for all of the parties involved.

There are a number of different instances where mediation may be useful. Businesses that have strategic alliances may use mediation to resolve differences that their contracts did not contemplate, or to separate amicably. Mediation can also be an alternative to a civil lawsuit or arbitration for both businesses and individuals. Couples who are divorcing often choose mediation to avoid having their affairs documented in court records, or to protect children from any further trauma. Businesses or individuals who have begun a lawsuit can mediate at any time, in order to resolve the lawsuit.

Does a mediator decide who wins?
A mediator does not decide your case for you. The mediator has no legally binding authority to do so, and it is not their aim. The purpose of mediation is to enable you and the other party to come to an agreement together. Mediation is designed to best reflect the needs and interests of all parties involved. A mediator does not take sides or make either party do anything, their goal is to get the parties to cooperate. The success or failure of mediation is up to you.

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