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Why mediation works Posted on November 17, 2011, by

Mediation is generally very successful in family law cases.  It provides a safe forum for people to sit down and communicate respectfully regarding their concerns and desires, as well as to have their reality challenged if they are a bit off.  The setting is confidential, so nothing that is said in mediation can be used in court.  It is less expensive than litigating in court, and allows the parties to reach a known outcome and move on now rather than later.

Research also shows that, due to the voluntary nature of mediation, when compromise is reached between opposing parties after negotiating in good faith, having fully disclosed all relevant information and are the parties are empowered because they are fully informed, the agreement made is more durable that a court imposed resolution.  This means that parties are less apt to try and go back on their agreement to change it when resolution is reached in a good mediation.

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2 Responses to "Why mediation works"

  1. If your marriage is ending, you may feel overwhelmed. Collaborative Family Law (also called Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Practice) is a structured process that provides an alternative to going to court. The Collaborative approach offers you the opportunity to focus on what is important to you, your family and your future.

    • Paul Waldron, Attorney says:

      Absolutely! Family law cases are generally not well suited for traditional courts, but often traditional courts are the only forum seen for resolution. Collaborative law is better alternative in most family law cases, and people seeking relief in these kinds of cases should seriously consider collaborative law.

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