Mediation is a more popular method to remedy some of the shortcomings of litigation. Litigation is time consuming, expensive, and unpredictable. With litigation, you are never certain of your outcome until a judge takes control and decides.
Mediation employs a neutral third party who does not judge the case but helps facilitate a discussion, limit the issues, and put them in perspective to resolve the dispute and focus on the future. Mediation is less expensive, more confidential, and highly effective in resolving conflicts amicably than litigious court proceedings.
|How many lawyers are involved?||None||Each party retains a lawyer.|
|How does the process differ?||Empowering, fair and Amicable.||Litigious and Adversarial.|
|What are the cost differences?||€2,500 – €.||€15,000 – €.|
|Confidentiality?||All information remains confidential.||No guarantee of confidentiality|
|Who makes decisions regarding the issues?||The parties communicate and brainstorm in order to formulate creative solutions.||Lawyers and judges make decisions for the parties and their children.|
|Who makes decisions regarding what is best for the children?||The parties (parents) decide what is best for their own children and they work out a parenting plan.||Judges, or child experts|
|How long does it take?||The parties decided how long it will take.||Court proceedings, disputes and lengthy negotiations can take several years.|