The Consequences of Skipping Mediation: Exploring the Risks and Benefits

Mediation is an effective way to resolve disputes without going to court. It can save you time, money and emotional stress. However, some people may be hesitant to try mediation or skip it altogether. Whether you’re going through a divorce, a child custody battle, or another family dispute, skipping mediation can have serious consequences. In this article, we will explore the risks and benefits of skipping mediation and why it is important to try mediation before going to court.


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Why Do People Skip Mediation?

There are several reasons why people skip mediation. Some may believe that going to court is the only option, while others may think that mediation won’t work for them. Here are some common reasons why people skip mediation:

  • They don’t want to negotiate with the other party.
  • They think they can get a better outcome in court.
  • They believe that mediation is too expensive.
  • They don’t trust the other party or the mediator.
  • They think that mediation will take too long.

Risks of Skipping Mediation:

  • Higher costs: Going to court can be expensive. Litigation costs can quickly add up, including legal fees, court fees, and other expenses. Mediation is often less expensive than going to court.
  • Lengthy process: Going to court can be a lengthy process. It can take months or even years for a case to be resolved. Mediation is often a much faster process.
  • No control over the outcome: When you go to court, you are putting the decision in the hands of a judge. This means that you have no control over the outcome. In mediation, both parties have a say in the outcome.
  • Emotional stress: Going to court can be emotionally stressful. It can be a long and difficult process. Mediation is often less stressful than going to court.

Benefits of Mediation:

  • Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential process. What is discussed during the mediation sessions remains private and cannot be used in court.
  • Voluntary: Mediation is a voluntary process. Both parties must agree to participate in the mediation process.
  • Cost-effective: Mediation is often less expensive than going to court. It can save families time and money.
  • Non-confrontational: Mediation is a non-confrontational process. The mediator helps both parties communicate effectively and find common ground.
  • Child-focused: Mediation is focused on the best interests of the children. The mediator helps both parties come to an agreement that benefits the children.


Skipping mediation can have serious consequences. It can lead to higher costs, a lengthy process, and no control over the outcome. Mediation, on the other hand, offers many benefits, including confidentiality, cost-effectiveness, non-confrontation, and child-focus. If you’re considering skipping mediation, think twice. Contact Family Mediation Choice in Carmarthen to learn more about how we can help you resolve your family disputes through mediation.

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