Mediation is very suitable under the following circumstances:

  • You would like to keep control of the solution.
  • You want to (or need to) keep a good relationship with the other party.
  • You are willing to talk to the other party to jointly find a solution
  • You prefer a creative solution to a legal decision.
  • There are issues in the communication with the other party but you would like to resolve the conflict.

The advantages of mediation are:

  • The time it takes (an average mediation takes 6 to 10 hours).
  • It is almost always cheaper than a legal procedure (you contact one mediator and share the costs).
  • There is a focus on the future rather than on the past.
  • Because you define a solution together it will be a better fit.
  • Mediation is informal.
  • Because of the expert guidance during the mediation everyone will get a chance to express their view during the mediation meetings.
  • There is a focus on solutions which you define yourself, this leaves room for more creativity.
  • Confidentiality.
  • It offers a way to continue an existing relationship or carefully end it.

In which cases is mediation less suitable?

  • One of the parties involved does not want to participate in a mediation.
  • The conflict has escalated too far and it is no longer possible to even sit at the same table (e.g. physical violence).
  • A legal ruling is needed (e.g. attachment).

A conflict is a matter of the mind.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
Mark Twain

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