What is remote mediation?

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Remote mediation, also known as online mediation or virtual mediation, is a process where conflicting parties engage in mediation sessions using remote communication technology instead of meeting in person. This method has become increasingly popular, especially with advancements in technology and the need for flexibility in resolving disputes.

In remote mediation, parties typically connect through video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet, facilitated by the mediator. The process often follows a similar structure to in-person mediation, where the mediator helps the parties communicate, understand each other’s perspectives, and work towards finding solutions to their dispute.

While remote mediation offers several advantages, such as convenience, cost-effectiveness, and the ability to involve parties from different geographic locations, it also presents some unique challenges. These challenges may include technical difficulties, potential issues with confidentiality and privacy, and limitations in non-verbal communication cues.

Despite these challenges, remote mediation can be an effective alternative to in-person mediation, particularly in situations where physical distance or other logistical constraints make meeting in person impractical. With proper planning and facilitation, remote mediation can offer parties a viable means of resolving their disputes in a timely and efficient manner.

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