Mediation is an attempt to help parties in a disagreement settle their disputes without having to resort to deciding the matter in court. The process of mediation has the parties involved take time to hear one another’s position and work toward agreeing on a mutually acceptable outcome for all.
Another method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) used to settle disputes in lieu of litigating the matter in court is arbitration. In arbitration, a neutral third-party hears the arguments and evidence presented from each side in a dispute and then decides the outcome of the case.
Litigating a dispute in court often results in a higher level of conflict among the parties involved. The adversarial nature of litigation can lead to dissatisfaction between the parties, which means little hope of salvaging the personal or business relationship following the court proceedings.