Advantages to Mediation and Collaborative Law

With both mediation and collaborative law, the decision belongs to the disputants. They decide the best resolution for their dispute and actively participate in reaching the agreement. Both processes seek solutions that satisfy all parties.

Mediation and collaborative law are non-adversarial. Both help protect and enhance relationships by providing non-adversarial settings. Even if all issues are not completely resolved, clients report satisfaction with the process.

They are affordable. Mediation and collaborative law are generally less expensive than litigation.

The processes are expeditious. Most mediations and collaborative law issues can be scheduled within three to four weeks. Many issues can be resolved in one day if disputants come to the mediation table to negotiate in good faith. Both avoid long, drawn-out, highly stressful and emotional court battles. Multiple sessions, more common with collaborative law are much more easily scheduled than court dates.

Mediation and collaborative law are private and confidential. Both work to achieve positive outcomes and facilitate continuing relationships among the parties, particularly spouses and children.

©2008 Ronnie C. McClure, PhD, CPA