Get past frustration, guilt or "desire to punish"
Clarify their underlying values and goals
Become aware of the other parties views, values, and goals
Cooperatively build a lasting voluntary "win-win" solution
Create an atmosphere of ongoing cooperation and efficiency
Important Points about the Legal Process
There are always risks associated with a judge making a decision for litigants. The judge will determine what is presented in court. Litigants have limitations on both what is presented and the time allowed to present the case. In the end they can only hope to convince the judge to rule in their favor. They must live with the judge's decision based on the Judge's perception and willingness to accept the evidence.
Being awarded a judgment by the court doesn't necessarily mean that the party will collect on the judgment. Continuances, collection processes, and process service typically adds considerable additional costs and time to collection. There are no guarantees in court, and there are no refunds.
Judgments are often rendered for less than the amount sued for. The judge has total discretion of the award, who wins, and who pays court costs, attorney fees, etc.