(Originally posted on Absolution Mediation)


Why am I so excited you might ask? Because today I’m explaining a little about why I am an advocate and believer in mediation. I am a budding mediator that has just recently opened my mediation practice, and I think it’s about time I tell you why I have fallen in love with mediation.

1. Financially

Whenever you talk to anyone about anything (seemingly) it will always end up with the question, “how much is that going to cost me?” If you were to compare the cost of mediation to the cost of litigation, the cost of mediation is significantly cheaper. I could really talk for a while about why mediation is cheaper, but this isn’t the main thing I like about mediation, however, a frequent question/concern.

2. Puts you in the driver seat

One of the main things that I enjoy is that it puts the parties or people in the driver seat of the solution. You are the one that makes your own solution to the problem, not me, YOU. If I asked you, “Would you rather a judge make a decision about where your child sleeps every night, or would you like to make that decision?” You would probably answer with the latter, because we all want to be a part of the solution.

3. Restorative

One thing that I think divorcing/separating people don’t think about is that if they have children their relationship doesn’t end with a divorce. They will continually be communicating because they have children together. Mediation can help people learn new communicating strategies so that they can be civil to each other in front of their children.

There is a reason that you and your partner no longer get along, but that doesn’t mean your children have to be roped into the issue as well. So why not learn how to communicate with each other for the sake of your children?

These are just 3 of the reasons that I love mediation, and I could probably write post after post on any one of these 3, so each blurb is just one example.

What’s been your experience with mediation?

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Comment by Matthew J Starman on September 28, 2010 at 9:30pm
One of the things I love about mediation is the field itself. It seems that kind and selflessness is the rule and not the exception. I'm not sure what the cause of this may be, but ever since I got involved with mediation, I have been surrounded with professionals that are more than willing to go out of their way and help others improve and succeed. I have been yet to be turned down for an interview or question. Some even went out of their way to line up more mediators for me to talk to. I will admit that this makes it much easier to enter the field, and in turn, help others out.
Comment by Jason Dykstra on September 28, 2010 at 10:07pm
Thanks for you comment Matthew, I too have met many mediators that are not only kind and selfless, but excited to promote mediation as a field with anyone who will listen. These people care about making sure that budding and aspiring mediators are being the best that they can be.

Anyone else excited about mediation?


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