What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Feeling more in control of the future as a result of making their own decisions and setting goals is a typical response from people who mediate.
Honoring the Agreements the parties have made is the norm for people who mediate because they have ownership of the decisions. Studies confirm this. In the end you must live with the result of your decisions; not the judge, not the attorney and not the mediator. If there are children they will benefit from the fact that you, their parents, have made the decisions that concern them, rather than leaving the decision in the hands of the court.
Costs are reduced by using mediation as clients share the time and expense of one professional mediator.
Communication skills established during mediation form a basis for cooperation and can help with future interactions.
Salvaging some of the good things in the relationship often results from mediating.
Eases the pain that most couples feel during and after their separation. This is especially true when there are children involved.
Changes in the law are frequent. An attorney mediator can share with the parties the law that applies to their situation as well as what the likely resolution would be if they went to court.
Time spent in mediation is always less than the time required for each party to work with separate attorneys and for those attorneys to negotiate with each other.
Options for solving problems can be offered by the mediator based on her wealth of experience, and can help the parties be as creative as possible in devising options that will work for them.