Mediation works best for parties who wish to settle without going to court and are willing to commit to a good faith effort to do so. Mediation is very effective when the parties live nearby or have to maintain their relationship on a day-to-day basis. Co-parents, business colleagues or circle of friends and relatives often have continuing relationships with each other. There is a mutually beneficial incentive to continue an amiable relationship and to explore ways to prevent disagreements from arising in the future. Mediation allows the parties to maintain control over their decision making rather than letting a judge decide. The parties control the amount of information that becomes a part of the public record. Normally, court files are open to the public, including any allegations made by either party.
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