Why Are People Reluctant To Consider Civil Mediation?


Despite the fact that mediation has become quite popular in recent years to resolve a broad range of civil issues, some people are still hesitant to give it a shot.  There are multiple reasons why people are not certain about the decision to move resolution forward with this alternative method, but far and away the most popular one is due to a perception that both parties are too far apart from one another.

One party might feel as though the other side is being unreasonable, or perhaps both parties feel like there is nothing to be accomplished by negotiating because they perceive the ideal resolution as quite distinct from the other party.

These reasons, however, are actually some of the best ones to choose mediation.  If the two sides were closer with regard to the potential solution, they would have been able to negotiate it on their own.  Some parties have even attempted litigation for years, watching their case unfold slowly and ineffectively through the court system.  A change of venue and format could be significantly helpful to the situation, particularly if one or both parties are noting the disadvantages of drawn-out litigation.

In fact, many lawyers and case participants can point to situations where it seemed like there was no end to the conflict, and yet mediation with Joseph Self provided a surprising resolution.  It could be the tone of communication, the guidance of an experienced Fort Smith civil mediator, or just the fact that both parties are sick of keeping the conflict open.  The frustration over a conflict that feels like it will never end can prompt a mindset shift for both parties that leave them more open to finding a reasonable solution to the problems.