How does Mediation Work?
Mediation is a process where each party and his/her attorney meet with a neutral mediator in an effort to settle all issues of a legal dispute. The mediator acts as a facilitator only, not a judge, by assisting the parties to resolve all issues of the dispute.
Mediation is a confidential, non-adversarial approach to resolving legal disputes It is a process where parties to a lawsuit or prospective lawsuit (and his/her attorney, if attorneys have been retained) meet with a neutral mediator in an effort to settle all disputed issues. The mediator acts as a facilitator only, not a judge by working with the parties to brainstorm, creatively problem-solve, and formulate terms of an agreement. Failure to reach agreement would likely result in a trial.
Mediation can be done on a voluntary basis or may be court ordered by a judge. Most judges today require the parties to attend mediation before having a trial, especially when issues of child custody are involved.
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