Mediation vs. Litigation

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process whereby two people who are involved in a dispute meet with an independent third party who can help those parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. A mediated settlement can often be empowering as it allows you and your former partner to maintain control over the decisions that affect your lives.

What is litigation?

Litigation is the word used to describe the adversarial court process. Taken to its ultimate conclusion, litigation leads to trial, where a judge (or in some cases a jury) decides the outcome. Litigation can be useful in circumstances where agreement is simply not possible, for whatever reason. However, litigation can be very costly.

Which option should I pursue?

Going to court is expensive. However, pursuing mediation takes commitment from both sides. In some cases, mediation is not possible. In those cases, you may have to pursue litigation or other options. To discuss which option is best for you, contact one of our experienced family lawyers.

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