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Benefits of Mediation

Mediation is a cutting-edge dispute resolution process that is gaining in popularity because of the numerous advantages it offers over traditional litigation and arbitration. Mediation works because it is

Effective

Research shows that a high percentage of all mediations result in a settlement, even when all prior efforts have failed.

Efficient

Mediation is tailored to fit participants’ schedules and typically takes much less time than administrative or legal processes. Mediated agreements can often be reached long before a case could be brought before a court.

Economical

While mediation may involve attorneys, accountants, and other experts, the process often can be accomplished with only the mediator and parties in dispute. In these instances, mediation can be an economical alternative to litigation.

Empowering

Mediation empowers participants by giving them the skills to resolve their own disputes rather than having an outside authority dictate the outcome. Because mediated agreements are always voluntary, participants maintain control over their lives and shape their own solutions.

Confidential

Mediation is informal, personalized and confidential. Litigation is formal, impersonal and a matter of public record.

Compassionate

All parties’ perspectives and emotional responses are honored in the mediation process. The mediator uses active and reflective listening to reframe issues and to encourage mutual understanding. In a successful mediation, all parties feel heard. Often, relationships are repaired and strengthened through this process.

Fair

Mediators remain neutral and impartial to ensure all parties’ needs and interests are fairly represented. The goal of mediation is to create win/win solutions. Legal settlements typically result in win/lose or lose/lose outcomes.

Emotionally Satisfying

Because mediation seeks to identify and meet the emotional needs of participants, mediated agreements often produce more satisfying outcomes than cash reparations alone. The confidential nature of mediation preserves personal dignity and helps restore relationships.

Realistic

Mediators help participants explore realistic solutions. The mediation process can identify likely court outcomes and encourages participants to be more reasonable and flexible in their problem-solving approach.

Successful

Mediation validates emotions, encourages participants to shape decisions, generates more options, and helps participants maintain control over their lives. For these reasons and many more, mediation produces long-lasting agreements with a high level of compliance.