For most people, the term alternative dispute resolution — or mediation — conjures up images of divorce. Specifically, they envision separating couples coming together in a forum outside of a courtroom in a bid to reach some sort of mutually acceptable solutions regarding issues like child custody and alimony.
While this is accurate, it’s important to understand that mediation can be used effectively in more than just divorces. Indeed, it is frequently utilized in construction-related matters, where every dollar counts and even the slightest delay can prove disastrous.
For those unfamiliar with the mediation process, it essentially involves two sides coming together prior to filing a lawsuit. Here, they will both be given the opportunity to share their grievances in the presence of a neutral third-party mediator who will help facilitate a constructive dialogue and try to work toward a resolution.
Why would the parties involved in a construction dispute want to consider mediation?
The simple answer is that going to trial means there won’t be any type of resolution for months or even years, costing both sides precious time and money.
In mediation, a solution can often be hammered out in a few weeks or even a few days, saving not only time and money, but granting both sides peace of mind and the ability to moved forward.
At Malka & Kravitz, PA, attorneys Larry Leiby and Harry Malka are not only certified civil mediators, they also have considerable experience practicing in the area of construction law. If you would like to learn more about the mediation services they can provide in construction disputes, please visit our website.