What Types of Disputes are Resolved by Mediation?
When two or more parties disagree on an important subject or aspect of their lives, they may need to seek out a mediator to aid them in settling their dispute. A mediator is a neutral third party that will work to help the disputants come to an agreement on their own without directly imposing a solution. Many types of disputes are resolved by mediation including family law matters, contract disputes, insurance claims, employment issues, and business disagreements. As experts in family law mediation and other types of meditation, the legal professionals at Linley Welwood have provided some vital information on mediation, how it can be used, and its key benefits.
Learn about our top reasons to mediate your family law dispute.
What is Mediation and how can it be used?
Mediation is the process of involving an unbiased third party to assist disputants in their negotiations. This third party is often referred to as a mediator. Their role is to help ease tensions between parties and encourage constructive discussion to move toward a peaceful resolution. Mediation can be an effective method for allowing disputants to vent their feelings and fully express any grievances they have. Participation in mediation may or may not be voluntary. For example, some courts may require certain cases to go through mediation before proceeding to a trial. Mediation is commonly used for the following types of disputes:
- Family law (custody, child support, separation, etc.)
- Business disagreements (partnerships, business-to-business disputes, breach of contract, etc.)
- Insurance claims (car accidents, home damage, health coverage, etc.)
- Employment (wrongful dismissal, harassment, severance agreements, wage disputes, etc.)
Why Should you Choose Mediation?
The goal of mediation is to help disputants come to an agreement that is beneficial for all involved parties. While other methods focus on proving who is right or wrong, mediation strives to help disputants create a “win-win” situation. This ensures that all parties are happy with the outcome by producing a resolution that is sustainable and voluntary . Mediation offers the following benefits for most disputes:
- Cost savings: Mediation often costs significantly less than going to court.
- Control over the resolution: The disputants have full control over the resolution of their dispute. A mediator will assist each party, but they will not impose a decision on them.
- Preservation of relationships: Litigation can impose a heavy emotional toll on all parties, often damaging or even severing relationships. Mediation helps to preserve family and professional relationships by fostering a mutually beneficial solution.
To learn more about mediation and how it can be used to settle disputes, reach out to the professionals at Linley Welwood. We can be reached at 604-850-6640 and will work with you to provide the perfect legal solution for your needs.