A few mediators are also attorneys and some attorneys are also mediators. Currently about 10-15% of mediators that are members of the Montana Mediation Association are also attorneys.
Yes, there are three mediation styles.
1. Evaluative/Settlement conference
Every form of mediation is completely confidential. A facilitative and transformative style mediation is highly recommended for relationships that are long-lasting such as neighbors, work-related, and family. These two types of mediation styles help relationships improve and empower the participants to continue to have positive interactions long into the future. Participants most commonly experience win-win outcomes. Settlement conference type mediations can have win/lose, lose/lose, or win/win results. Settlement conference type mediations are more expensive and take longer because parties are in separate rooms.
As early in the dispute as possible! Once a party has filed with the court often times the dispute has escalated and is more difficult to resolve without professional help. A mediator brought in early can help keep communication open and guide the parties to craft a resolution they both can live with.
If you feel you can handle the conflict on your own without a third party but need some help as to how to approach the issue, then conflict coaching is a good choice for your situation.