Top 3 reasons to say yes to Mediation
We really do think you should say yes to mediation. Mediation is a really smart alternative to legal action.
So why mediation?
Our top three reasons for saying yes to mediation are:
- It’s fast and effective
- It will save you a lot of money compared to legal action
- You always remain in control when you use mediation.
1. Fast and Effective
Mediation is a fast and effective process.
In most cases within 5 to 10 hours you’ll know whether or not you’re going to be able to sort it out and get a resolution for a problem. Sometimes mediation can lead to a resolution of problems that been going on for a very long time.
Often people may be worried that there is going to be a delay. That you will have to go on a waiting list.
That’s only with a publicly funded service. You can use a private service or an innovative program, like Interact
Support, to have access to mediation pretty much without a delay. You can start straight away with Interact Support.
Even if it is a government subsidized service, it’s going to be so much quicker than going through court.
80 to 90% of cases resolve in mediation or shortly after. It is a very effective process for discussing, considering
options and working out a resolution for problems.
What happens in the mediation process?
The reason you can feel safe to say yes when you contacted by a mediator is that the first step is always a private individual pre-mediation session that makes sure that mediation is safe and suitable for you and your
Saying yes doesn’t mean you’re going to end up straight in a room with the other person. You may not even actually speak with them directly if there’s good reasons not to.
Mediation is confidential. And what that means is that you can safely make offers and proposals during the negotiation, without it being held against you.
Until you can come up with something that is workable, that you’re both committed to, it’s confidential. It can’t be
used against you. So why on earth wouldn’t you try mediation?
You’re going to get to identify and discuss the issues in a respectful facilitated process.
Often people think, Oh, we can just sort it out ourselves.
And then every time you try, it ends up in an argument. Mediation stops that. It’s facilitated. You have a professional who will help you have this conversation, keep you focused and stop any abusive
comments or behavior.
If you reach an agreement, then you can implement the agreement. Depending on the circumstances that might be all you need to do. In other situations, you can take steps to make it legally enforceable and your mediator will be able to help you with how to do that.
2. It is less expensive
The number two reason why you should say yes to
mediation is that it will almost inevitably save you money and possibly a lot of
In mediation, you can get clarity about the issues and options for resolution. Trying to get that clarity through a lawyer negotiation process
will cost you a lot more money.
Negotiation via lawyers is so open to miscommunication and it takes a lot of time. When it comes to legal services, time is money as they charge by the minute.
Mediation is a much more efficient process because you’re either talking
directly to each other or through the mediator whose job it is to help you to understand the issues so that you can resolve them.
Mediator fees may be lower but even if they’re not, the process is quicker and more effective.
That will save you in terms of time, money and stress.
What sort of disputes can mediation be used for?
Mediation can be used in any type of dispute.
A mediator can help you to find a way forward in any type of dispute situation.
Family, Family Law, neighbor, business, workplace, community in fact any context whatsoever, where there are people involved and there’s a disagreement about what should happen. Mediation may be an appropriate dispute resolution process.
Interact Online is a major project of Interact Support Incorporated. Our service is fully accessible, which means our goal is that people can access mediation services quickly, effectively and online without the need to travel and the associated costs of services in a face-to-face basis.
So if you have a dispute. Anywhere, with anyone, Interact Online can help you.
3. Remain in Control
The third reason to say yes to mediation is that you remain in control of every single step in the process.
It’s confidential. So what is spoken about in mediation, can’t be used as evidence against you.
It’s voluntary. So you can take a break. You can stop. You can postpone a session. You can end the process at any point, if that’s your choice.
It puts you in control of what you agreed to. Unlike arbitration or court, you can’t be forced to agree to something in
mediation. You always remain in control.
We think that’s really important because mediation ultimately is about reaching an agreement about a way to move forward. Unless you agree, it’s going to be very difficult for you to actually do the things proposed.
That’s why people have so much trouble with family court orders because you haven’t really agreed.
Going to court means that you’re paying a lot of money to give away your right to decide what’s acceptable to you.
When you think about it like that court is really a last resort, not the first resort. Sometimes you can’t avoid court, but it’s best to at least try and reach an agreement for yourselves.
So either say yes to mediation or propose mediation.
What if there has been violence or abuse?
Often one of the concerns that people have is that they won’t be able to cope if there has been family violence or abuse in the past. You may think it’s not going to be possible for us to do mediation, but that’s not necessarily the case.
There are a lot of ways that the mediator can make the process fair and safe. If you’ve got doubts before you say yes to mediation, you can book in for a free conversation with a mediator.
At Interact we call these sessions a dispute diagnostic but there may be other processes or other ways of describing it with other services. Ask to talk to the mediator about your concerns.
You can have that conversation before you make a commitment to your pre-mediation session.
And relax. You do have a private pre-mediation session to talk about your concerns.
Saying no is a missed opportunity to find out what they want and why.
At Interact Support we can help you with is mediation for any type of context including family dispute resolution, which is family law, mediation for parenting property, financial negotiations. Anything that’s needed to help resolve issues when you’re separating or divorcing.
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