Reasons why mediation might be beneficial to resolve family disputes
I. When parties agree to mediate their family dispute, they begin to explore the many options they might have to find solutions to the issues affecting their family relationship. Remember that when parties agree to mediate, they have the option to stop the mediation process at any time. The mediator must honor party self- determination. The mediator must be impartial and neutral. In other words, the mediator must, allow the parties to be the decision-makers every step of the way as solutions are developed in the mediation process. The mediator can challenge the parties to make proposals to one another; and to also guide the parties to seek creative solutions to the many issues facing family conflict.
II. Litigation is a contentious and expensive processe. To reach ultimate resolution the litigation process can take many years to complete. Mediation is not for everyone. However, it may be a good idea to initially arrange a meeting with a competent mediator to discuss all available options prior to engaging in litigation. A qualified mediator will provide the parties with ample information about all available options for the family, so that the parties can then make better informed decisions.
III. A qualified mediator will focus on a families budget. Their financial capabilities at the time the dispute arose. The future financial considerations for the family in any given situation. Lawyers focus on legal issues and to zealously represent their client in every case. Mediators, do focus on the legal righst of each party, the needs of each person in any conflict, and also the development of a comprehensive plan to solve said issues. A qualified mediator will assist the family to resolve the issues of primary concern. There is also the option, if the parties agree, to bring to the mediation process the consultation of other qualified professionals to help the parties develop a proper plan of action to meet their future challenges and needs.