Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution that replaces the legal system. Mediation is a process in which parties meet under the supervision and direction of a mediator to resolve a dispute.
Mediation is preferred for some people because it keeps parties out of court and helps them resolve their disputes amicably. If meditation was fruitless, then parties may elect to resort to the legal system and file a petition with the court to resolve their dispute.
Mediation is less expensive, less hostile, less time
consuming, parties are allowed to talk to each other and
hear each other’s perspectives, and they can choose their
own terms and solutions.
Mediators are neutral and don’t take sides. So, you will
talk to someone who has no interest in the resolution of
your dispute and has no interest in taking sides.
Parties to a dispute worry that mediation may lead to
unfavorable outcomes. Mediators don’t draft an agreement unless all parties to a dispute agree and are satisfied with the solutions.
If, after mediation, parties can’t agree, no agreement will be drafted and enforced. Parties may elect another alternative dispute resolution method or may choose to go to court.