Mediation is a non-adversarial process in which two or more parties embroiled in a dispute or disagreement come together with a third party neutral (mediator) to seek a reasonable and workable solution to their issues.
Mediation is quite different than litigation. In litigation the parties involved in the dispute rely on a third party (judge) to impose a decision which determines and brings finality to the disagreement. Litigation can take years, tens of thousands of dollars, and immense amounts of stress. Add the possibility that the outcome which is imposed upon you is the exact opposite of what you want, and you have the formula for a potential calamity.
Mediation allows you to take control over the outcome – if parties are able to reach an agreement in mediation it is an accord that everyone can live with.
Mediation is a less expensive and efficient alternative to resolving any dispute. If two parties simply can’t sit down at a table and discuss the issues amongst themselves, mediation is the best and most effective alternative.