Family disputes can be intense because of the family emotions as well as the tensions associated with the dispute. For that reason, sometimes things that might otherwise be easy to settle end up in court or in front of a mediator. Before you retain an attorney and file a suit in your local court, you might want to think about opting for a mediator instead. Here are a few of the reasons why you should consider family mediation to settle the dispute.
Choosing mediation can save you significantly in expenses. The cost of an attorney, court filings, litigation and preparation can be more than you'd expect. With mediation, you and the other parties involved will all share the cost of a single mediator. And, if you do need to have an attorney attend, you'll still be saving money because there are no court costs and the time spent is focused on resolution and settlement, so it's much less time. Mediation is focused on solving problems, not litigating a case.
When you choose mediation instead of court, you'll have greater control over the process and the outcome. You won't be at the mercy of the courts setting hearing dates, nor will you have to leave everything in the hands of your attorney and the judge. Instead, the settlement comes as a result of all of you discussing the situation with the mediator and coming up with a mutually agreeable decision on resolution.
Going into court to settle any kind of dispute can be stressful and difficult. When you add to that the stress of the situation that's led to the problem to begin with, anything that can reduce that stress is beneficial. When you work with a mediator, the solution-focused discussion can help you feel like things are easier to resolve. In addition, this focus shifts things away from accusations, anger, blame and other hostility, which will make the entire process less stressful for everyone involved.
When you take a case to court, it can mean months of communication between the attorneys and waiting for court hearings. The longer cases take, the more challenging it can be to actually come to a settlement because people can find themselves hurt and overwhelmed by the legal process. The productive dialog encouraged by mediation can ensure a faster resolution.
With mediation, all of the parties involved can feel like more of an active part in the process of finding a solution. Mediation provides everyone with an equal opportunity to speak and be part of the resolution, and it moves at a pace that works for everyone. When you opt for mediation, nobody can get an upper hand on the situation by threatening extensive legal filings or by trying to discredit the other. If you're feeling vulnerable in the situation, mediation may be a key solution for you.
As you can see, there are many reasons to consider family mediation instead of opting to go to court. With the information here, you can approach the other individual and suggest this as a more peaceful way to solve the problem.