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What is mediation?

Mediation is a process that allows people to settle legal disputes without having to go to court with the help of a trained neutral third person – a mediator.

What are the advantages to mediation?
  • It provides the opportunity to talk with someone who is impartial.


  • It allows you, not a judge, to control the outcome of your case and allows you to reach a flexible solution to your case. It provides you with an opportunity to reach a settlement agreement specific to your individual needs. Mediated agreements can include a variety of issues that the legal system is not designed to address.


  • It is confidential and protects your privacy. There is no court file containing your private information that can be viewed by the public.


  • It is far less expensive than litigating your case.


  • It saves time. Cases are settled quickly and effectively in a fraction of the time it would take in court


  • It is much less stressful and adversarial, and preserves family relationships. Certain situations (e.g., divorce with children) require parties to have some sort of relationship in the future. Mediation often preserves a working relationship in ways that are not possible in a win/lose situation

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