There are many positive aspects to mediation.
First of all, mediation is a comfortable process that is accessible to any interested party who is involved in a conflict, be it misunderstanding of sorts, or a conflict that has already escalated.
Also, from financial point of view, mediation is cheaper than going to court since parties to the conflict share the expenses. Often, the full expense of an entire mediation process will equal that of one day at court. The duration of a protracted mediation is still significantly shorter than the amount of time it would take to resolve conflict through the court system.
Prior to reaching a final agreement it is possible to configure interim agreements, as a way of reaching resolution.
Mediation is strictly confidential and enables people work through a conflict with privacy, preventing the possibility of any public interference. Mediation is a voluntary process. Parties are not obligated to participate or act in a way that contradicts or is opposed to their interests or desires.
Since mediation is not coercive, it is a highly effective process resulting in agreements that are based on the party’s free will. This increases the likelihood of the parties respecting and accepting the agreement and all of its ramifications.
Mediation is essential to those conflicts involving ongoing relationships that will continue even after mediation is over such as international conflict involving neighboring countries, family conflict involving children, divorce cases and workplace disputes involving social partners (management and workers).