Conflict Resolution Styles
  Mediation Facilitation Negotiation Arbitration Litigation
Positives for parties Parties decide the terms of the outcome.                                                                                                    Neutral third party is present Parties control the direction of the process and terms of the process.                                         Neutral third party is present Have the authority to limit information sharing.      The parties themselves can decide the process and outcomes. Parties can limit the amount of information they each share with each other.                                               Parties decide if the final agreement is court-binding. A judge  makes a definitive rulling that is enforcable by law. 
Negatives for parties Mediator controls the communication process
     There is no unilateral decision making  by any one party A neutral third party is not present during this process to level any power imbalances.                         Arbitrators can require findings of facts and will decide the outcome. The final decision is  a matter of the court and infractions against the final ruling can lead to legal persecution.
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    When compared to litigation, there are many benefits to mediation.  One benefit is that mediation is cheaper.  Another benefit is mediation is usually much shorter than litigation.  A third benefit is that the outcome is often a creative solution custom-tailored to meet the interests of both parties.  This creative factor is not typically present in litigated cases.  

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