Regardless of the type of dispute you're facing, we encourage you to consider mediation as a possible avenue to resolve your differences. We have multiple mediators in our firm certified in both Family and Civil mediation. Mediation is becoming increasingly popular as people seek to resolve their disputes outside of court in a more cost effective manner. The benefits of mediation include:
Confidentiality - Don't want your private family matter or details of your civil dispute aired in a courtroom for all to see? Mediation is confidential. Everything discussed in mediation is confidential. Your mediator can also work with the parties in drafting an agreement that includes confidentiality as to the settlement itself.
Control - Even the best attorneys can't predict what a judge or jury might do. If you want to control the outcome of your case, mediation might be the solution. During the mediation process, the parties, instead of a judge or jury, have complete control over the decisions. While the mediator will work to assist you in reaching an agreement, he or she can not force you to reach a resolution. Therefore, should the mediation not be successful, you can still proceed in court.
Collaboration - The mediator will work with all parties to determine possible solutions to resolve your legal dispute. The mediator doesn't take sides, he/she simply listens to all sides and assists in providing possible solutions. These solutions often include arrangements that might not be possible in a court room setting. Many participants find these solutions more suitable than those they could have accomplished in court.
Communication - While certainly not a requirement, mediation provides the parties a chance to communicate with one another in a controlled and courteous environment. Sometimes litigation causes one or both parties to feel as though they have lost their voice, but mediation gives it back. Mediation can also help litigants maintain or restore their relationships with the other party. Mediation is a perfect solution for spouses that share the best interest of their children to grow as co-parents as opposed to fighting in court. We're sure you still have questions about the mediation process. If you have private counsel recommending mediation, he or she should be your first resource. If you don't have counsel and just wish to learn more, we also suggest reading the South Carolina Bar Association's Guide to ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and Mediation.