Why use mediation? What are the benefits of mediation?
Less stress: Mediation is a less formal resolution process.
Win-win solution: In a traditional lawsuit, one party wins, the other loses. In a mediation, the parties together make a decision that is satisfactory and accepted by all parties.
Speed: Compared with litigation, the process of mediation is much fast, so the parties can reach a settlement and focus on issues.
Promotes cooperation and preserves relationship: One of the most overlooked benefits of mediation is that it can help preserve relationships, business and personal, that would likely be destroyed through years of litigation. Because it is a collaborative, rather than adversarial process, and because mediation isn't inherently a win/lose process, important relationships can often be saved, and even improved.
Greater Flexibility and Control: In mediation, unlike in a lawsuit, the parties are in control. This means that the parties have a much greater say in negotiations and greater control over the outcome.
Better Results: For all the reasons above, parties generally report a better outcome as a result of mediation than they do from a lawsuit. Also, because there is no winner or loser, no admission of fault or guilt, and the settlement is mutually agreed upon, parties are typically more satisfied with mediation.
Greater Compliance: Finally, because mediation produces better results more quickly and cheaper, compliance with mediated dispute resolutions is generally higher than with lawsuits.