Mediation is usually less expensive than litigation, but it also provides more control over the outcome and less stress and animosity. People who resolve their cases by mediation generally have a more amicable resolution in a more private environment. The solutions can be more creative and tailored to the needs of the parties. Studies also suggest that the effects of divorce on children are less severe when their parents can reach an agreement without a trial.
You remain in control.
Unlike litigation or arbitration where the outcome is decided by a judge or arbitrator, mediation gives you a say in the outcome. As your mediator, we listen to you and, just as importantly, we make sure the other side of the dispute hears and understands your point of view as well. You remain in control and resolve your dispute only under terms agreeable to you and the other parties.
It’s cheaper and faster.
Mediation is usually much cheaper and faster than litigation. Complicated lawsuits can take weeks or months to resolve in a courtroom, and drag on for years. The cost to you of time and money can be enormous. As a mediator, we often have helped resolve disputes amicably between parties in just a few hours, or in more complex cases, days.
It can preserve the relationships of the parties.
As your mediator, we will ensure that everyone’s point of view is heard and that the final resolution of your dispute is mutually agreeable to every party. By reaching a mutually satisfactory settlement, where no party has truly “lost” the dispute, the ill will and bad feelings between the parties can often be avoided or at least minimized.
It’s not uncommon for parties who resolve their conflict in mediation to resume their relationship and with new understanding and respect.
It’s more flexible.
The parties can explore options and work out a settlement that can include a resolution that would not be available if the dispute were decided by a judge, jury or arbitrator, restricted by parameters set by law. The flexibility of mediation allows parties to form more satisfying resolutions than otherwise would have been available.