Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that allows separating and divorcing couples to control the outcome of their disputes and to make good decisions about their future. Mediated settlements typically have a higher rate of compliance because the parties are able to create their own agreement. A mediated agreement saves time and money, and significantly lessens the stress and emotional toll that results from contested litigation.
With the consent of the parties, mediation may include an evaluative component in which the mediator provides feedback or suggests options to the parties to facilitate settlement. The mediator does not provide legal advice, does not prepare legal documents, and does not represent either party.