Menu
The Siemon Law Firm
Honest Answers.
866-497-5134
View Practice Areas

Mediation: a strong alternative to litigation in many instances

A recent family law-related article makes this central claim about mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism: Mediation, notes the media piece, serves "to help people make decisions while resolving conflict constructively."

To the extent that is true (and there is a lot of study-based and anecdotal evidence indicating that it is), it immediately identifies the strong utility that attaches to divorce mediation and mediation in other contexts, such as business.

The obvious reason underlying such value is that conflict can be an all-consuming negative. A bitter dispute in any realm, whether a Georgia divorce or business schism, can be an exhausting and deflating process. If recourse to litigation becomes an imperative, formal adversarialism can rear its ugly head, resulting in enduring acrimony, large amounts of money expended and time lost.

Regarding that latter point, the National Center for State Courts -- a nonprofit group seeking to improve the American judicial system -- estimates that it takes more than two years on average to resolve a litigation matter from inception.

In many instances, mediation can deftly skirt some of those adverse consequences, while conferring an additional benefit that is of utmost importance to many participants, namely this: Parties who invoke the process exercise control over all aspects of it to a far greater degree than is the case with litigation. That empowerment is vitally important for many participants.

An attorney who is also a specially trained and certified mediator can bring added value to the process. Such a professional can serve as either counsel for one of the parties or as a neutral third-party mediator that works on behalf of both parties seeking to settle a dispute.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, "Mediation is safer, faster, costs less than litigation," Kathryn Lazar and Jody Miller, Dec. 12, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact our Georgia Family Law Firm by calling 866-497-5134 or by completing this contact form. An attorney will respond within 24 business hours.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

347 Dahlonega Street, Building 100
Cumming, GA 30040
Toll Free: 866-497-5134
Phone: 770-888-5120
Fax: 770-521-4317
Cumming Law Office Map

4555 Mansell Road, Suite 300, #28
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: 770-521-4316
Fax: 770-521-4317
Alpharetta Law Office Map

3348 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 700, #721
Tower Place 200
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 678-954-4917
Fax: 770-521-4317
Atlanta Law Office Map