Armstrong Mediation Agency - Bringing People Together for Peaceful Resolution
MEDIATION PROS
  • You determine the schedule and issues.
  • You control the mediation cost, which is usually about 1/10 to 1/3 the cost of a typical legal case.
  • You make the decisions in mediation that you'll be living with afterwards.
  • You have the flexibility in mediation of taking time to consider how a decision will affect you, your family or your business long term. 
  • Mediation is Confidential.
  • You control the outcome in mediation, and  because of this, agreements made in mediation typically work better than those negotiated in the courthouse hallway minutes before a trial
  • You can always go to court if mediation doesn't work.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Faster.
  • Less stressful.
  • Healthier for you, your family, or business since part of mediation is learning to communicate better, which is essential in any relationship.
 
COURT CONS
  • Lengthy & time consuming
  • Judges have little time to listen to the details of your case, often less than 10 minutes
  • Scheduling conflicts between courts and litigants cause expensive delays.
  • You may only get a few minutes to testify about your case
  • Unpredictable outcomes.
  • You may have to make decisions about your settlement in a split second in a crowded hallway.
  • No confidentiality—all court files are public records.
  • Costly — each hour your lawyer spends waiting, you pay, even if no progress on your case is made.
  • Stressful.
  • Courts by their adversarial nature encourage combat, which is not conducive to a healthy life after the legal proceedings are over.
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