What is Mediation?

Mediation is different from litigation and arbitration in that  litigation and arbitration are essentially adversarial. This means that  in litigation and in arbitration, the parties square off as in a sporting event, and someone else decides the outcome.

In contrast, mediation is usually consensual unless it is ordered by a court. In other words, parties mediate because they want to. They agree to, with the help of a neutral party, meet in a confidential setting to try to resolve a dispute.  In a mediation, no one can force either party to do anything. They must voluntarily agree.

If you are a person who likes to control your own destiny, then mediation is for you.

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