Mediation can be a great problem-solver for cases of less serious or minor conflict. Small claims cases, community disputes, and family disagreements benefit from mediation. Child custody, non-violent crimes, and workplace conflicts are also commonly solved with mediation. High profile cases and those with sensitive information can also see major benefits in using an experienced mediator. Here are the advantages to choosing mediation when you are involved in one of these disputes:
Time and Money
It can take years for a case to be solved in court, which can be a large financial drain for many people. Mediation is a quick process in comparison; it can take a few hours or a few sessions. The time saved will keep a lot more money in your pocket, as well as allow you to move on emotionally from what could be a stressful situation.
Flexibility and Informality
Mediators act as facilitators to bridge effective communication between two parties, with the ultimate goal of both parties coming to an agreement. The mediator will often set “ground rules” for the meeting to ensure both parties are heard, communication is clear, and respect is maintained. Mediators can also offer ideas, guidance and non-adversarial insight to help parties see their dispute in a different light.
When matters get settled in court, people can become divided and hostile. Mediation aims to peacefully find a solution. All parties involved are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings, so a suitable agreement can be reached.
Once something is taken to court, it becomes public record. If you want discretion, mediation can be a better option as the mediation process will be confidential.
If you are unsure whether mediation is the best course of action for your situation, consult a lawyer. They can help you determine if this is the best legal option for you.
At Aiken Schenk, we have a team of nationally recognized attorneys to assist you with your legal needs, including mediation. Attorneys Philip Rupprecht and Burr Shields have the mediation skills and thoughtful approach needed to solve complex disputes. Let’s reach an agreement together.
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