- You get to choose the right mediator for your situation, someone with expertise in the area which is causing you conflict and someone who can offer ideas, share experience and facilitate a conversation between you and the opposing party which leads to an agreement. In court, for example, you do not get to choose the judge who will help you resolve your dispute.
- The mediation process is adapted to suit your needs and deal with your issues on a personal level. It can also help you find a solution to the problems which you are facing, solutions which would not be available in court. Mediation can save you a lot of money because with the guidance of the mediator, you can do most of the necessary work on your own therefore do not need to hire a lawyer right away.
- It is private and confidential and has a built-in safeguard. If you come to an agreement in mediation, that agreement is not legally binding until you receive proper independent legal advice and sign a separation agreement which is prepared by your lawyer.
– Tom Dart, Mediator and Arbitrator