Why Use Mediation?
Mediation works. A high percentage of matters submitted to mediation result in agreements that resolve disputes in whole or in part. People also tend to carry out agreements they make in mediation more readily than decisions imposed upon them by a third party decision maker such as a judge.
It's confidential. Everyone involved agrees to maintain the confidentiality of what is said in mediation. This helps parties discuss difficult matters candidly in the pursuit of resolving the dispute without concern that someone will be discussing their private business outside of mediation.
It's cost effective. The expense of resolving a dispute using mediation is often a fraction of the cost of litigation and trial. It's also often less costly than leaving conflict unresolved.
It's your process. In mediation you actively participate in the resolution process. You retain decision-making control over the outcome. You decide if and how you will participate and whether an agreement will be reached.
People listen in mediation. The process provides time and structure for listening that is not often available to parties outside of mediation. Parties commonly hear things they hadn’t before, and often new understandings pave the way to resolution and agreement.
It reduces the stress of conflict. Litigation can be combative, time consuming, and stressful. This is the nature of an adversarial process. In contrast, mediation is a collaborative process: the focus is on discussion, negotiation, and problem solving. As a result, most all participants find the experience much less stressful than litigation.
Court is still an option. If you fail to reach agreement at mediation, you may still pursue any legal rights or claims you may have in court.
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