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Mediation is not only cheaper than litigation but also quicker

New Jersey residents who are involved in disputes of a non-criminal nature may be happy to learn that there are options other than civil court to resolve issues. Mediation has proved to be a valuable alternative for resolving disputes between divorcing spouses. In fact, it is a platform for reaching mutually agreeable resolution for any number of contentious issues. Mediation involves a neutral and impartial third party who is qualified to facilitate negotiations between disputing parties by encouraging communication and compromise.

While mediation is recommended for any non-criminal cases, it could be a successful method for resolving criminal disputes that are nonviolent such as cases of verbal abuse or harassment. Also, contention between neighbors over encroaching shrubs or blinding outdoor lights could be successfully mediated rather than involving a judge in court. In some jurisdictions, the court will actually order disputing parents or neighbors to seek mediation before coming to court.

One advantage of mediation is confidentiality. While court battles are typically matters of public record, mediation is confidential, and -- in most cases -- issues discussed during mediation may not be used against a person in any future court case. Mediation is less costly than litigation, and issues can be resolved in a much shorter time. Lawsuits can take years before a court ruling is obtained, while issues can be resolved in a much quicker time frame with mediation.

Those in New Jersey who choose to utilize the services of a mediator to resolve issues may be concerned about the fairness of the process and protecting their own rights. Although it isn't essential to have an attorney present during mediation, it is allowed and usually preferable. A lawyer can provide valuable advice and input during mediation, while also protecting the individual's rights while pursuing a favorable result. 

Source: FindLaw, "Mediation Cases: What Cases are Eligible for Mediation?", Accessed on July 8, 2017

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