Benefits of Mediation
The benefits of mediation include:
Speed and efficiency
Mediation is designed to be an efficient and speedy conflict resolution process; rather than the slow and unpredictable process of a traditional court system, which can take months and years, mediation is responsive to the urgent need for a speedy resolution of conflict.
Defuses hostility, prevents conflict escalation
In a private and peaceful atmosphere in which both parties are made to feel safe and comfortable in each other’s presence, mediation aims to mitigate hurt, anger and despair.
Generally, communication breakdowns are the major cause of problems, particularly in family disputes. Mediation facilitates and promotes communication and co-operation between parties.
Private and confidential
Mediation avoids public exposure of personal and financial information. All information revealed is kept confidential, even if the case ultimately goes to court.
Mediation significantly reduces the cost of resolving a dispute. It is usually a fraction of the cost of litigation.
Mediation empowers the parties to mutually tailor their own agreement, which will be more effective, creative and sensitive to their needs, thus easier to accept and respect.
Win – Win
Unlike litigation where the objective is for one party to win, a mediated settlement is a mutually acceptable solution that lets both parties win.