What is Mediation?
Mediation is a private, confidential and non-adversarial process that takes place outside of the court system with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator. Though conflict is often inevitable in divorce and other family disputes, mediation gives you the power to decide what happens in a way that is peaceful and personalized to the needs of your family. Mediation is an informal process that is more cost-effective and time-efficient than litigation.
What is the Role of the Mediator?
The mediator is a neutral third party with no interest in the outcome of the dispute. The role of the mediator is to help the parties communicate, identify issues and evaluate potential solutions. Mediators cannot provide legal advice, but parties may attend mediation with (or without) their own lawyers. If parties are not represented, they may attend the mediation conference alone.