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Top Reasons to Enter Mediation
- Cost: Litigation is usually more expensive and costs can easily spiral out of control. Mediation allows you to better manage costs.
- Self Determination: Litigation gives strangers (usually a judge) the power to make major decisions affecting your life. Mediation allows your to tailor a settlement that best meets your needs and those of your family.
- Privacy: Litigation usually requires the airing of your family’s “dirty laundry.” All disclosures made in mediation remain privileged and confidential by Court Rule.
- Dignity: Litigation can become extremely unpleasant and personal. Meditation allows you to retain your dignity.
What Does a Mediator Do?
- Identifies the needs of each party to assist them in reaching their own settlement.
- Helps parities assemble information sufficient to enable them to make informed decisions.
- Allows parties to make own decisions.
What Doesn’t a Mediator Do?
- Doesn’t act as a decision maker.
- Doesn’t express an opinion about what he or she thinks may or may not be fair.
- Doesn’t take sides.
- Doesn’t act as an attorney or judge.