The advantages of mediation

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Choosing mediation is not a choice due to a lack of possibilities or to avoid the worst. It is an intelligent approach, based on the just observation that in a difficult situation, we must be helped. A relational crisis sometimes implies a relational change: a mediator accompanies the change. It is true that we could simply say legalism divides and the judicial system lets people oppose themselves while mediation brings closer and weaves relations.

The success of mediation is based solely on the fact that both parties come and talk with a mediator. Should we affirm that the mediator's skills depend on the outcome?

[edit] The Advantages of Mediation

  • Mediation is based on the individual responsibility and freedom of consent of each party;
  • The parties define the mediation's modalities, with the mediator to whom they entrust the responsibility of ensuring the process;
  • Mediation can adapt different contexts;
  • Mediation is held in private; it is a confidential process in which the parties and the mediator commit themselves;
  • Mediation is economical in time and money: cheaper and less random than power struggles or judicial proceedings;
  • Mediation lies in relational reality and takes into account the sustainable or unsustainable relationship between the parties;
  • Mediation includes the reflection and creativity of each party and enables an approach of contribution for the resolution of disputes and problems;
  • Mediation presents advantages that go beyond the situation in question: it enables to examine the dispute's aspects and anticipate the risks linked with the implementation of the agreement;
  • Mediation goes from the relational quality to negotiation: integrates a creative process;
  • Mediation goes until the conclusion of an agreement;
  • The mediator presents professional guarantees.
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