What is mediation?
A process by which individuals (or businesses) involved in a dispute agree to attempt to resolve their differences without going to Court. The mediation process is completely different than the court process, where there are Judges, who are the decision makers, and advocates, who represent the interest of litigants. A mediator, who is neutral, and the persons involved in the dispute, who may or may not be represented by their own lawyers.
During the process, the people involved in a dispute explain to the mediator what result they would like to achieve. After obtaining an understanding of the dispute, the mediator attempts to determine whether the parties can reach a compromise.
What are the benefits of mediation?
There are many benefits to the mediation process, chief among which is that it provides a neutral atmosphere which promotes conflict resolution. If successful, the process not only saves the parties the cost of litigation, but it empowers them to resolve the dispute themselves. Studies have shown that people who resolve disputes through the process, especially in divorce cases, feel a sense of “ownership” of their agreement, whereas people who have their disputes resolved through a trial have a decision made for them and often feel disempowered.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]