If you’re dealing with a dispute or disagreement, you may want to resolve it without enduring lengthy, costly court proceedings. In many instances, pursuing mediation makes more sense than fighting a litigious battle. More and more cases settle through mediation each year. Yet, you may not know whether it will make a difference in yours. By keeping these facts in mind, you can figure out if mediation will benefit you.

When mediation makes sense

Some cases require serious litigation. If your case involves violent or white collar crime, these matters will likely need to settle in court. Yet if your case could reach resolution through negotiation, it would be a good candidate for mediation. These types of cases include:

  • Contract resolutions between business owners
  • Disputes between business partners
  • Disagreements between landlords and tenants
  • Property disputes between neighbors
  • Issues between employers and employees
  • Minor criminal infractions including vandalism and petty theft

Some courts may mandate that certain cases head to mediation. Yet, the process is voluntary, and you and the other party might find it impossible to come to an agreement. But it is not the mediator’s job to enforce one. The mediator will listen to your issues with impartiality. They will not provide counsel or advice. But they will help you and the other party create a dialogue where you can work toward a solution.

Taking steps toward mediation

Many people may not realize that their cases qualify for mediation. If yours does, it’s a worthwhile option to consider. Working with an attorney who is an experienced mediator can help you through the process.