Traditionally, aggressive litigation was perceived as the best possible way to achieve success in a legal dispute. While litigation can be successful in many cases, it does have its downsides: It can be lengthy, costly, and, most of all, stressful. While litigation may eventually get you the financial outcome that you were seeking all along, you may find that by the end of the process you have sacrificed your quality of life and your mental health in the process.
There are other ways to get the legal outcome that you desire without resorting to aggressive tactics. These other tactics are known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR). One of the most popular forms of ADR is mediation. The following is an overview of the potential psychological and legal benefits of mediation.
It’s less expensive
Mediation tends to be considerably less costly than litigation. This means that you have to make less of an initial investment, there is less at stake, and you’ll be able to benefit from a higher portion of the sum you are awarded.
It’s less stressful
Litigation can mean spending hours in court proceedings or meetings when you could be engaged in your work. In litigation, the two sides have to pull each other’s argument apart, and the entire situation can be quite hostile. However, mediation focuses on finding common ground and agreement rather than fighting until the bitter end. It’s a much more harmonious way to settle a dispute.
It’s private and confidential
Public courtrooms make it possible for members of the public to be present. If you want privacy, mediation may be the best choice, because it will ensure that all aspects of the proceedings, which is particularly important in high-profile cases.
If you are planning a divorce or involved in a dispute, you have the option to. Make sure that you explore your options so that you are able to make the right decision.