Mediation gives you control by allowing you to take charge of the outcome of your dispute.
Living and working in a community is about relationships--between individuals, neighbors, contractors, landlords and tenants, small businesses and academic institutions. Litigation is adversarial, unpleasant, time-consuming and costly. Disputes are often the result of misunderstandings and miscommunications. Contested issues can almost always be worked out by sitting down face-to-face with the other party, acknowledging what went wrong, and trying to fix it. There is no doubt that sometimes a judge or jury is necessary to resolve a dispute. However, we need each other to create a thriving and positive community, and mediation is one way to achieve that harmony.
Some of the Benefits of Mediation:
- Mediation works. It is an effective means of resolving conflict in a positive, collaborative environment. A skilled mediator can help even the most adversarial parties find common ground.
Mediation is faster and less expensive than going to court.
- You don’t need to hire an attorney to participate in mediation, although you are welcome to bring one.
- Both parties decide the outcome of the dispute, not a judge or a jury.
- The focus is on the needs and interests of the parties, not the law, allowing for more creative solutions.
- Mediation can preserve relationships damaged by misunderstandings and miscommunications.
- Mediation is a private, confidential process, unlike most court cases for which there are public records.
- Mediation is a voluntary process, so any party can decide to end mediation at any time.