4 Reasons To Choose Mediation Dispute Resolution In Family Law Cases
In family law, resolving any disputes outside of a court is always the most desirable and most ideal. Litigation should always come in as a last resort. Mediation is an excellent course of action for out-of-court dispute settlement of the various family law cases.
Compared to litigation, mediation has several benefits, some of which are highlighted below.
1. Mediation Is Less Stressful
Choosing to handle various family law cases through mediation is the more relaxed and informal approach. This approach allows for open communication and ensures that family relationships do not prematurely break down on account of poor communication and aggravated conflict. Going to court, on the other hand, is very formal, and can be quite overwhelming for all the parties involved.
Additionally, anything that comes up for discussion during a family law mediation is kept confidential. This is unlike going to trial where anything and everything is said in open court and goes on record. Anyone who will be in court during the proceedings will be privy to everything that is said by both parties.
2. Mediation Saves You Time
Where all parties involved can keep a cool head about them and remain open-minded throughout the entire process, family law cases come to a peaceable and amicable conclusion after only a few mediation sessions. Most of the time, a handful of sessions is all it takes to get all the issues ironed out.
Depending on factors such as the backlog of cases among other issues, it may be a while before a case even gets a mention at the court. The litigation process can also drag on for a long time.
3. It Is Relatively Less Expensive
Depending on several factors, the court process for family law cases can be quite lengthy. Preparing for court hearings and paying for legal representation until the time when the matter comes to a close with a ruling from the judge can be very expensive. Because mediation is usually a quicker process, it's also generally less expensive.
4. You Maintain Control And Have A Say In The Agreement
Mediation is all about negotiation and compromise. Both parties maintain control throughout the mediation process and have a say in the outcome. Keeping the interests of everyone in mind, this outcome is always favourable to all parties, and especially the kids, if any are involved.
Going to court means leaving the final decision to a third party. Outside of presenting your case the best way you can, you have no other say in the matter and will have to accept the judge's decision as passed down.
For more information about mediation, work with a family law attorney.