When people have any type of upcoming legal case, they often just want to know how fast they can get things resolved. They’re not interested in watching things drag on for longer than necessary. They want to move forward with their lives and, as important as the case is, they want to put it behind them.
If you’re considering mediation instead of going to court, then, one question you may be asking yourself is whether or not it is going to be faster. Is this a way for you to seek a resolution and get done with the case sooner than you would otherwise?
While every case is obviously unique, the general trend is that mediation is faster — sometimes, it’s much faster. For instance, most court cases are going to take months, while complex cases can take years. With mediation, the norm is for a case to get resolved in weeks or, when things really fall into place perfectly, just in a few days. A very complex case may still take a few months, but this is rarer, and you’re not going to be in mediation for years.
One reason that this is true is that mediation is about working together to find a solution. If you cannot do so, the case is going to take longer, but that also means mediation may not be the solution for you. You could end up going to court instead.
If your goal is to find a solution quickly and to have more control over the outcome, mediation may be perfect. Take the time to consider this option carefully.