benefits of mediation

What are the benefits of Mediation?

There are many benefits of mediating a dispute. The most obvious are confidentiality, saving money and saving time.

There are additional benefits as well:

Personal Empowerment

People who negotiate their own settlements often feel more powerful than those who use surrogate advocates, such as lawyers, to represent them. Mediation can provide the safe environment to be heard, exercise personal power and achieve resolution leading to peace of mind. It is the time the parties can be understood.

Realistic Resolutions

Those who have reached their own solution in mediation are more likely to follow through and comply with its terms than those whose resolution has been imposed by a third party decision-maker.

Control of Outcome

Parties who work out their own settlements have more control over the outcome of their dispute. The terms of a mediated settlement are more predictable than they would be if a case is arbitrated or litigated.

More than Just a Win/Lose Judgement

Mediated resolutions can result in settlements that are more satisfactory to all parties than a simple compromise or a win/lose judgement. Mediated agreements can include instructions for how the agreed upon will be carried out.

Laura Dawn

Laura Dawn Ouin is the founder of Third Coast Mediation & Consulting in Dallas, Texas, and is passionate about conflict resolution, communication and education. On a personal note, coffee AND tea lover, morning person, travel bug and dog whisperer.