What About Confidentiality and Privilege?
Open communication is essential in mediation. Under Ohio law, mediation communications are privileged, to the extent allowed by law. Additionally, parties agree in writing prior to the start of mediation that communications are, unless mutually agreed otherwise, confidential to the extent allowed by law. This helps facilitates dialogue between and among parties. Under Ohio law, information disclosing unreported abuse or neglect, threats of harm to one’s self or another, information communicated in furtherance of or to hide criminal activity and/or first-hand knowledge of felony activity disclosed during mediation may be reported to the proper authorities.

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1. What is Mediation?
2. Why Should I Mediate? Do I need an Attorney to participate?
3. What types of cases and situations are able to be mediated at the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division?
4. How Is a Case Referred to Mediation?
5. What Should I Expect Once My Case is Referred for Mediation?
6. What should I Expect Once I Arrive for Mediation?
7. How Long Will Mediation Take? What does it cost?
8. What About Confidentiality and Privilege?
9. What Happens If I Cannot Reach an Agreement Through Mediation?