It’s the smart alternative for people who want to determine their own future.
Mediation, also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), or conflict resolution is an open discussion process for managing negotiations between the parties led by a neutral mediator. The impartial mediator encourages the parties in a dispute to communicate face to face to identify key issues, gather relevant information, and create options for resolution without a long, costly, emotionally draining court battle.
The ultimate goal of mediation is to have the parties work out their own solutions, rather than having a solution to their dispute imposed by a judge or magistrate. Mediation is non-adversarial, private, less costly, and faster.
Frequently, people enter litigation with fixed uncompromising positions on their case and conflict. When they argue from these rigid positions, it is easy to reach stalemate, impasse, and frustration.
Mediation, by focusing on the needs and interests underlying these positions, is better able to create solutions that are acceptable to all parties and it does it at a reduced financial and emotional cost. The burdensome depositions, interrogatories, motions, hearings, trials and appeals that are at the heart of litigation are eliminated. The parties are able to “move on” with less stress and animosity.