What is Mediation?

Mediation is a useful tool in virtually all family law matters, including litigation cases. In mediation, the parties work with a neutral mediator who acts as a communications facilitator and negotiator. Mediators are usually attorneys or retired judges who have undergone substantial mediation training. Typically, the parties occupy separate rooms and the mediator negotiates individually with each party, attempting to achieve a mutually acceptable and beneficial resolution to the parties’ disputes.

During the mediation process, the parties each have an opportunity speak and be heard. They are encouraged to speak directly to the mediator to express their interests and concerns. 

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All mediation negotiations are confidential, and nothing stated at mediation may be used against either party during any court proceeding. The mediator may only report to the court whether the case settled and cannot be compelled to testify at any court proceeding.