For those who are still unfamiliar with mediation's advantages over litigation here are a few important advantages:
MEDIATION offers a non-adversarial approach that:
Conflict and competition bring out the worst in us, and it doesn’t take much for a mediation to get hijacked by the participants' most primal, survival mechanisms.
I welcome civilized and polite clients into the room, knowing that it's only a matter of time before their wounded-inner-children join us at the mediation table, kicking, screaming (and sometimes sobbing), as the more uncomfortable and embarrassing areas of conflict, disagreement, and wounding get 'exposed to the light'.
So, you can relax, knowing that, as a skilled, heart-based and trauma-informed mediator, I will be able to hold a safe space for you when things appear to be going off the rails, and I will accept your more-shadowy sides without judging or rejecting you.
My skill in doing so, will increase the likelihood that you and the opposing party will feel heard; will reach a mutually satisfying agreement; and will get your respective long-term needs met.
Children: This is the preferred mediation option for adults and parents who are concerned about the wellbeing of their children.
When you choose a lawyer to be your mediator, their style tends to be informed by years of experience in law and litigation.
In cases where you're struggling to reach agreement, primarily, over factual or legal issues, I recommend choosing the mediator with legal training - it's simpler for them to breeze through these thorny issues, based on the distinction between what's lawful and what's unlawful.
We move faster than most courts.
The parties get to move at their own pace.
As soon as you agree, you're done.
And you're welcome to return at any time to amend the agreement.