The key benefits of mediation include:
✅ SAVE MONEY - A mediated solution is a fraction of the cost of litigation.
✅ SAVE TIME- Litigation can drag on for years. Mediation can usually be done in a day or two.
✅ RETAIN CONTROL - Mediation allows the parties to retain total control of the dispute. Litigation tosses the ultimate decision to the Court.
✅ CUSTOMIZED SOLUTION - Mediation allows the parties be creative and realistic in crafting a custom solution to the dispute. Litigation offers very little such flexibility.
✅ UNDERSTANDABLE - Mediation is a more informal process which allows the parties to create the fine details of settlement so everyone understand how that settlement will actually be implemented.
✅ DURABILITY - Mediated settlement agreements tend to hold up much better over time.
✅ SATISFACTION - Parties are more satisfied with solutions they have crafted, as opposed to an order dictated by a Judge.
✅ MAINTAIN AMICABLE RELATIONSHIPS - Let's face it, some circumstances (e.g., divorce with children, employment and home owner association cases) require parties have some sort of working relationship in the future. Mediated solutions allow for this, unlike win/lose decisions in Court.
Bottom line... Mediation Works
Mediation gives people a quick, inexpensive way to work out their differences while addressing everyone’s needs and interests. Decisions reached in mediation are created by the people who are in conflict, not imposed on them by a judge. Mediation:
While the goal is to try to work something out, you may decide it would be better for you not to come to an agreement. Sometimes emotions may be driving the dispute which can make talking to the person or party with whom you are in a dispute difficult. A mediator can assist you in easing the way for communication. The mediator is there as a neutral person to help you focus on solving your dispute; however, the mediator is prohibited from providing therapy, counseling or legal advice.
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Mr. Glazier is the founder of Glazier Mediation and is a full-time Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, Circuit-Civil and County Mediator. Glazier Mediation is committed to providing exceptional professional service to help parties maximize the ultimate benefit of mediation - their control over the final outcome.