Frequently Asked Questions

What is mediation?

Mediation is not Arbitration.  We don’t judge your dispute.  We help YOU resolve it.  We are neutral facilitators trained to help people work through their disagreements in order to find optimal solutions for themselves.

What kinds of disputes do you mediate?

We mediate all kinds.  Our Family Law specialists handle divorce and custody issues.

Who are mediators?

Conflict Resolution Center of Nevada County uses only formally trained, highly skilled mediators who come from varied professional backgrounds and bring a wide range of experience to the process.  They are guided by standards of professionalism that ensures they remain neutral, provide no legal advice or opinions, facilitate fairly and diligently to help both sides come to a satisfactory agreement.

How does mediation work?

The parties in dispute meet with a mediator at a neutral location where the mediator and disputants agree to guidelines for conducting the mediation. The mediator then serves as coach and moderator, assisting both parties in effective communication, each describing their concerns and listening to the other’s concerns. The mediator’s role is facilitator, not judge. All mediation sessions are confidential so nothing said there may be aired in court. A session generally lasts up to three hours, usually resulting in a written agreement developed by the disputants with the assistance of the mediator.

Where does court fit into the picture?

That is up to you.  Nothing about mediation prevents you from taking a case to court at a later date if no agreement is reached.  On the other hand, mediation is generally less expensive, faster, and more satisfying than going to court because you resolve your dispute rather than having a judge resolve it  We frequently mediate cases that have already been filed with the court.

How much does it cost?

We have a sliding-fee scale.  Normally our regular mediations cost from $25 to $150 per party for a three hour session with two mediators.  Family Law mediations are higher.

Do we get a written, enforceable agreement?

Again, that is up to you.  We normally recommend that agreements be put in writing for a number of reasons.  Once that is done and signed, it has the same enforceability as any binding contract between multiple parties.

Is our privacy protected?

Absolutely.  None of our mediations proceed until a confidentiality agreement has been signed by ALL parties in the room.

What commitment is required?

Basically, a sincere desire to resolve the dispute is the most essential requirement for a successful mediation. Showing up at the appointed time and place is a clear expression of commitment as is open, honest and civil discourse during the mediation session.

How can I arrange a mediation?

Call us at:

(530) 477-6517

or email us at