WHY CIVIL MEDIATION IS A GREAT OPTION!
Mediation is much less costly than civil litigation for many reasons:
- It is cheaper than going to court!!!
- Mediation is most certainly less days than court; the cost of your time away from business will be minimal.
- Preparation for mediation is far easier and simpler.
- Attorneys are not always necessary.
- There should be minimal court filing fees and related expenses.
- Mediation is a private process and not subject to public knowledge and possible media attention.
- In mediation, the parties are full participants and can express their own opinions and concerns.
- Mediation allows the opportunity for parties to work together and reach a settlement and continue to work together.
- After there is a settlement, if other items come into dispute, a new mediation can be scheduled without affecting the prior settled items.
- Mediation can protect parties from some of the extra problems associated with civil litigation, such as punitive awards, if applicable.
- There is no jury in mediation.
- Discovery is limited in mediation, which usually means that disputants attorneys, if involved in the mediation, will rarely pursue the burdensome fishing expeditions that can occur in ordinary litigation’s.
- Today, most of the civil cases that are filed with a court of jurisdiction are remanded to mediation by the judge to see if a settlement can be reached. If no settlement is reached, the case will then be scheduled for hearing before the court.
FAMILY MEDIATION IS A GREAT OPTION!
- Family Mediation applies the basic principles of mediation to the resolution of issues that arise in families.
- Family Mediation is neutral: In mediation, a mediator assists the disputing parties resolve their disagreement by facilitating their discussions and guiding them to appropriate resources and advisors.
- Family mediation is a valuable option for many families because it increases the self-determination of participants and their ability to communicate, promote the best interests of children; and reduce the economic and emotional costs associated with the resolution of family disputes.
- There are many more decisions that can be agreed upon during family mediation versus family litigation (Court). This is why most family courts require parties to go through family mediation before going to trial. Texas Courts want you to make your own decisions through mediation.