In the typical legal dispute, you don’t know the person on the other side of the courtroom. Some stranger struck you with their vehicle, or an anonymous big business sold you a defective product. Chances are, you will never see the person who injured you again after you finish the lawsuit.
Family law disputes are different. If you are divorcing, you will probably see your ex in the future, especially if you have children together. People stay in contact, and their relationships can be poisoned by litigation.
Instead of using adversarial techniques like lawsuits, mediation can help people truly understand why they disagree. If you really listen to another person, you might find out their fears aren’t irrational. Parties are then well positioned to work in good faith to reach a compromise that all can live with. This will allow the relationship to continue in an amicable fashion going forward. If you are divorcing with young children, you will be in contact with your ex for well over a decade. Nobody wants to be angry for that length of time.
Mediation is also cost effective. Lawsuits can drag on for years, which costs our clients money and increases stress. By engaging in mediation, many of our clients resolve disputes fairly quickly, which allows them to move forward in a stronger financial position.