What is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation can best be described as a form of negotiation with the purpose of resolving a conflict between two parties. The mediation process is facilitated by a neutral third-party (the divorce mediator), who has been adequately trained in negotiation and conflict resolution. The mediator does not serve as a fact-finder nor a fault-finder, and cannot force a couple into an agreement. Instead, a mediator assists the couple through the mediation process (facilitating communication, maintaining order, etc.) as the couple works toward a fair resolution.

In contrast to traditional litigation, mediation is not focused on who wins or who loses. The focus in mediation is problem solving, conflict resolution, and moving forward. In order to achieve this, couples are encouraged and expected to come to mediation with an open mind, a willingness to compromise, and a desire to resolve the issues.