Frequently Asked Questions

What is mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to court where individuals work with a neutral third party to reach a resolution to their disagreement.

Why mediate instead of going to Court Mediation has several advantages over court:

What types of disputes can go to mediation?

Mediation has a wide variety of applications:

Why choose Paul Stenzel over other mediators?

It’s not necessarily a question of choosing me over others, but what is the best fit for the individuals and the mediator.  My strengths are my equanimity and patience.  My style is facilitative mediation. Facilitative mediation means the parties drive the process, with the assistance of the mediator. That is, through careful and attentive listening, I will assist the parties to set aside personal feelings, explore all options, propose solutions and reach resolutions.

How does it work?

We meet in an office at a mutually agreed upon time. A session is usually between 90 minutes and 2 hours. After the session, if an agreement is reached, I will provide a written summary in letter form.