In court, a judge listens to both sides of the dispute and then decides for you. You must follow it, even if you think it unfair.
In mediation, you and the other party are encouraged to work hard to determine how to solve the dispute. You are active in finding a solution.
If you cannot agree, you can still go to court. If you solve part of your issue in mediation, you have less for a judge to decide. If you reach full agreement, you do not need a trial at all.
- A judge may need to sign off on your agreement, especially in the family law area.