An Alternative to Litigation
Not all disputes need to be – nor should they be – resolved through litigation. After all, litigation can be a protracted, expensive process that can lead to an outcome that is not satisfactory to one or both parties. In addition, litigation can worsen or end a relationship between the parties involved. This is an important consideration, especially in family law. For example, in a divorce involving children, it can be much better to resolve disputes over issues such as custody through mediation rather than litigation. In many if not most cases, the divorcing parents will have to cooperate as they work to co-parent their children after the divorce has been finalized, so reducing conflict during the divorce can be extremely important.
Mediation can also be an attractive alternative in business disputes involving parties that have an existing relationship they would like to continue into the future if at all possible.