Going to court over any conflict – divorce, a disagreement with your employer, a row with neighbours, is always an option. In such cases someone always loses, or feels they haven’t received their full due and this situation usually propagates an already strained relationship.
Another option for resolving conflict is mediation. Under the guidance of an independent mediator, the concerned parties meet and try to identify the origin of the conflict or strained relationship. The goal is to reach an agreement that both parties can live with.
Mediation is faster than a court proceeding, costs less, and facilitates reaching an agreement that both parties find acceptable and, equally important, one that does not further disrupt their relationship. Mediation is particularly helpful in cases where a relationship is ending and children are involved, and in cases of neighbourhood disputes.
Mediation is clearly a valuable tool to resolve conflicts!