The collaborative approach to dispute resolution utilizes attorneys and other professionals to help parties reach resolution without going to court. Resolution is not imposed by a third party; rather, with the respect, support, and guidance of attorneys and other professionals, the parties negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement.
Mediation is a process whereby opposing parties work with an independent third party who seeks to facilitate agreement amongst the parties. Agreement is voluntary and the mediator does not impose her opinions on the decision. Mediation may be chosen over other channels of dispute resolution, such as court proceedings, because it is generally less expensive, takes less time, is confidential, and offers more flexibility in options for resolution.