What Is Mediation?
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Mediation is a private process of negotiating the end of a dispute – outside of the courtroom. The Mediator is a neutral and impartial party whose primary role is to facilitate discussion, clarify issues, and identify common ground. Mediation is always cheaper, less adversarial, more flexible, faster, and more confidential than involving the court system. Unlike going before a Judge, the parties retain full control over the ultimate outcome.
Additionally, most jurisdictions in Washington require some sort of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before parties are allowed to proceed to trial. Finding a Mediator who you trust to oversee the process can mean the difference between an amicable settlement and a financially ruinous court battle.