Potential downfalls of mediation to watch for

When it comes to issues regarding family law, you may one day find yourself in court. If you want to avoid this at all costs, it would be in your best interest to consider the benefits of mediation.

Just the same as the court process, there are some potential downfalls of mediation in British Columbia. Fortunately, if you know what to watch for and how to deal with any issues that arise, you can make the most of this situation.

The primary disadvantage of mediation is that there is no formal set of rules. While you can look at this as a bad thing, it can also work in your favor. You don’t have anybody getting in your way. Both parties are free to speak their mind and work together to settle on a resolution.

Another problem with mediation is that it may not suit your history. For example, if you have been involved in an abusive relationship, you may not want to go through with mediation, as this gives the person another chance to cause harm.

And finally, there is always the chance that mediation will not work out. In this case, you will then have to go to court anyway.

All of these potential downfalls of mediation can be dealt with in some way, shape, or form. With the right approach, you can turn any positive into a negative.

Mediation is not always better than the traditional approach, but it is something a growing number of people are considering. There are potential downfalls, but the benefits are typically far greater.

Source: FindLaw, “What are the Disadvantages of Mediation?,” accessed April 04, 2016

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