Mediation has grown in popularity in large part because of the control that it offers individuals in conflict. Rather than relinquishing control over an outcome to a judge, mediating parties manage the process and can arrive at out-of-the-box solutions that would likely never been reached through traditional litigation. While judges may be confined in terms of the authority to order a potential outcome, mediating parties have extensive reign over ideas, proposals and solutions. A trained mediator contributes to this process immensely, will remain objective, will narrow the issues in dispute and can guide the parties toward crafting a solution that is in the mutual best interests of each participant.
Not every case is appropriate for mediation. For instance, although a pilot program is currently underway for such cases, mediation is not permitted for cases in which a restraining order has been entered against any party to the dispute. If a restraining order is dissolved or dismissed, the process would, however, then become available to the involved parties.
Not every case will be entirely resolved through mediation. Sometimes, only a partial resolution can be achieved. Since mediation is significantly more cost-effective than litigation, however, it is often more beneficial to explore the process before a lawsuit is filed or a case tried on each and every issue.
The goal of the Center for Mediation & Balanced Living is to assist clients in arriving at a solution that respects the needs of all parties and to help all involved reach an agreement that settles the dispute while preserving relationships and reputations.