The Problem. Escalating conflict between neighbors can be destabilizing and destructive. It can lead to turnover in occupancy, angry calls to the police, cold and angry avoidance, and even violence. For most, litigation is prohibitively expensive and takes far too long to be practical. For the few who can afford it and can bear to wait years to reach trial, the outcome may serve no one’s interests and may well be impracticable. The process is almost certain to destroy the relationship between the parties entirely.
The Solution. Mediation offers the best means of resolving many disputes between parties who will continue to have contact with each other. Instead of moving out, suing, threatening each other or stewing in anger, neighbors can discuss interests and needs in a safe and respectful environment with an experienced mediator trained to facilitate resolution of conflicts. Instead of a judge, jury or arbitrator deciding the issue, the parties to the dispute work it out themselves, reaching a resolution that meets their needs and interests. In many cases, an agreement may be reached within a few hours. Mediation keeps the dispute and its resolution private – just between the parties themselves. Most important, when the parties themselves resolve their dispute, they are far more likely to abide by the negotiated agreement and they often find that the tension in the relationship is greatly reduced.
Good Neighbor Mediation Project offers affordable mediation services to neighbors, condominium owners, tenants, roommates, and family members – anyone who finds themselves in conflict over their living situation. Principal and founder Jeanne Kempthorne has been providing court conciliation and mediation services for over ten years. She has successfully and quickly mediated difficult disputes between parties who live with or near each other.
“Mediating disputes among people in an ongoing relationship is one of the most rewarding aspects of my professional life. I have seen the power of the mediation process. It not only addresses intractable conflict – it can transform lives.”