Why Mediation?

Best Interest

of the Parties

Personal Control. Parties keep control over the outcome of their own problem. Parties are free to craft a unique solution that fits their circumstance and satisfies their needs. They are not limited to money judgment.

• Cost Savings. Using mediation may avoid some expenses of litigation, including attorney fees, expert witness fees, appellate costs.

• Time Savings. Disputes can be settled promptly. A mediation session may be scheduled as soon as both parties agree, or are ordered to use mediation to try to resolve the dispute. Because of the large number of cases filed, court disposition of a civil case may take a year or more, after which, an appeal looms as a possibility. Mediation may be particularly important in time-critical disputes.

 Voluntary & Non-Binding. Mediation is not intended to replace the judicial system, but instead to function as an aid to the system. Parties who do not get the results they want in mediation have the right to proceed with traditional trial and appeal procedures.

• Reduced Emotional Trauma. Litigation is adversarial, and often litigants are not prepared to deal with emotional strain and pressure of protracted litigation. Mediation affords a means of resolving disputes in an atmosphere which is less hostile or adversarial than a courtroom. This becomes very important in elder law cases, domestic relations cases and probate matters.

Best Interest

of your Children

Research shows that children usually benefit greatly by having both parents and extended family involved in their lives.

• Family mediations are focused mostly on children.

• Parenting schedules are developed with the help of the mediator according to parents’ work schedules and children’s’ activities.

• Mediators talk with parents about flexibility with visitation schedules and build in guidelines to accomplish them.

• Mediators find out what is most important to each parent about raising the children (education, sports, healthy eating, etc.) and work to see that those things are incorporated into the agreement.

• Parents can agree to visitation and graduated parenting time appropriate to existing relationships and child development stages.

Best Interest

of the Court

Quicker disposition of cases.

• Reduced motions.

• No trial time. Less jury expense.

• Parties are less likely to return to court. Studies show that parties are likely to adhere to agreements made in mediation.

• Even if mediation resolves only some of the issues, the court will have less to do.

• In family cases, the court always reviews the agreement and ultimately retains oversight of the case

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