What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary process designed to bring people in conflict together to work out solutions to their differences. The meeting is facilitated by a trained, neutral called a “mediator”. The mediation process allows both parties equal control of the decisions reached. The need for consensus creates a dynamic that focuses on solutions without escalating conflict. This means that the rate of compliance, acceptance, and commitment to the decisions reached and agreements entered into is much greater than would otherwise be the case.
You do not need to hire a lawyer to represent you in mediation. You are, however, advised to consult with a family lawyer before starting mediation to ensure that you are aware of your legal rights and obligations.