Q&A with Susan B. Loving
Mediation offers people chance
to resolve issues without court
Q: What is mediation?
A: Mediation is designed to assist people in resolving disputes. The mediator is neutral, and does not take sides or decide who is right, but simply helps the parties try to settle their dispute. While most mediations involve lawsuits, it is not necessary that a lawsuit be filed, and sometimes the matter does not even involve legal issues.
Q: What are the benefits?
A: Mediation is much less traumatic than going to court because it is informal and private, and designed to put the parties at ease. Particularly in family law matters, divorce or custody, disputes can have serious and lasting effects on the parties and their children. The privacy and confidentiality of mediation offers a much smoother way of resolving these cases. Moreover, if the parties do not reach a resolution, their discussions are confidential and cannot be used in court.