What is Mediation?
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Mediation can help settle disputes for those who choose not to pursue lawsuits or for those types of cases which do not merit a full blown lawsuit. Even though mediation does not guarantee that everyone will agree with the results, there are some benefits for choosing to settle a matter through the mediation process.

Economic Decision

Choosing to pursue mediation to settle a matter can completely be an economic decision. The process is usually much less expensive than litigation or other forms of settling disputes. It can also be a much faster process than battling a matter out in court for months or even years. Saving time can mean saving substantial amounts of money for many people. The quicker process allows for the involved parties to settle a dispute and then get back to their lives or their business.

Customizable Agreements

Settlements which are arrived at through the process of mediation can address matters that are legal in nature as well as many which are not. Sometimes mediation agreements cover various procedural issues or even psychological issues that are not easily determined through other legal means. The parties which are involved in mediation can work to create a tailor made settlement for the particular situation that they are dealing with. This also gives the parties more control over the outcome of the dispute.

Confidentiality

The mediation process is completely confidential. Matters can be shared with the public, but only as a choice of the parties involved. In a courtroom setting, all records are a matter of public record. When parties do not wish for their information to be made public for any reason, they may choose to participate in the process of mediation to find a suitable resolution.

Implementable and Workable Decisions

Those who work to mediate their disputes will be able to work out the finer details of implementing the decisions. Not only can the agreements be specially tailored to fit the situation, the procedures for carrying out the decisions can also be outlined in the outcome. By design, this usually increases the likelihood that all parties will participate with and comply with the terms as they are presented in the settlement. The finer details can also be worked out through various negotiations. This is not a win/lose compromise; instead it is a well mediated negotiation which can yield more satisfactory results. This makes it more likely that included parties can live with and carry out the outcomes satisfactorily.

Convenience

Following through with the meditation process can be much more convenient than having to present your case in court. It does not take nearly as much time and the times and dates can be agreed upon prior to the mediation proceeding. This also allows for a non-threatening environment which can be more conducive to reaching an agreement or settlement in the matter.

Preservation of Relationships

The mediation process can help provide a way to amicably settle a matter so that relationships, business or personal, do not have to be terminated. Relationships can last for many years and over the course of time there may be the opportunity for many disputes. Mediations can reach a settlement that addresses the interests and needs of all parties concerned which may help preserve the relationships. It is not a win-lose resolution, which is a reasonable way to solve a dispute. There is no “blame” in this type of non-judgmental resolution which helps to preserve the relationship between the parties involved. The setting allows for a constructive way to resolve issues by each party being able to contribute and add input which can be useful in finding a workable solution.

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