In the mediation process, a neutral professional helps parties in a conflict come to an acceptable resolution. The mediator does not make any decisions for the people involved, but simply hosts, facilitates and assists their discussions, to enable them to reach their own agreements. Rather than communicate with or through attorneys, mediation allows a channel for direct negotiations between the people involved.
A divorce mediator helps family members in a conflict get unstuck, helping them define the problems and keep the discussions focused on the central issues, and assisting them to explore new perspectives on the problems and the potential solutions. The mediator helps those in conflict gather the information they need to reach a resolution, as well as find possible answers. They may also share what others who faced similar issues have done, or how a court would likely handle the issue. Mediation has proven valuable in family disputes that involve divorce, legal separation, parenting plans, partner break-ups, and couple disputes.