Answers to your questions about mediation
Mediation is an outstanding way to resolve family legal issues. Some of the advantages are:
- Mediation is conducted privately and confidentially in the mediator’s office, rather than publicly and openly in a court.
- Mediation is cost-effective when compared to litigation. Mediation clients share payment of the mediator’s hourly fee rather than separately pay the hourly fees of their respective attorneys.
- The Mediation process ensures that each client understands the issues to be resolved, the family finances (assets, income, expenses, debts), the legal principles that affect the settlement discussions, and the full meaning of the final agreement language.
- The people who are most impacted by the final outcome of mediation – the clients – determine the settlement terms themselves. They do not have a decision imposed upon them by a court. They are not forced to settle their case under the pressure of a looming trial date or on the courthouse steps.
- Mediation can in many cases reduce conflict and improve communication on a long-term basis. Mediation tends to reduce the potential for future court disputes.
- Mediation is time-efficient. It is completed at the pace the clients choose. Mediation sessions are scheduled for specific times and are not subject to the delays, scheduling conflicts, and “hurry-up-and-wait” experiences which are inherent in the court system.