Mediation is a cost effective and efficient way to resolve disputes. Parties who choose to resolve disputes in mediation save both time and money by avoiding the overwhelming cost of litigating family issues in court and the time delays caused by overburdened dockets. One hourly rate is typically split between parties and scheduling is simple. A customized and comprehensive mediation agreement decreases the likelihood of future conflict and the need for expensive, repeat court filings.
Mediation also fosters lasting solutions and pragmatic, working relationships. Major changes in family dynamics are incredibly stressful. Litigation is most often an adversarial process that can aggravate this stress and family dysfunction. When families work with a mediator, relationships improve and tensions lessen as parties work collaboratively to find mutually acceptable solutions. A mediator helps parties identify individual needs and concerns and then strategizes ways to effectively communicate and problem solve. A successful mediation provides parties the tools they need to coparent and/or co-exist not only for the current moment but for many years into the future.
Additionally, families that participate in mediation take an active role in resolving their disputes. Rather than relinquishing control over critical and personal decisions to the court, families retain the power to shape specific agreements around their particular needs. This involvement translates into a better rate of compliance with the agreement over time and fewer conflicts in the future.
Last, mediation is confidential and voluntary. Unlike court proceedings that are open to the public, mediation is a protected, confidential process. Many families prefer to address their personal matters in a private setting. Additionally, parties can choose to stop mediation at any time. Litigation is always an option if parties determine mediation is not a viable option.