What is mediation?

Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that is encouraged by the Courts, particularly in family law matters.  A mediator is a neutral third party whose goal is to support the parties in a discussion about their conflict.  Through the mediation process, it is hoped that the parties might develop a better understanding of their own and the other party's concerns and perspectives, and as a result, perhaps reach a resolution of their conflict without court intervention or litigation.