Frequently Asked Questions
Mediation is an opportunity for the parties to a lawsuit, whether it is a divorce or a civil suit, to settle their case. If they are able to do so, with the aid of a skilled mediator, they can reduce the significant financial and emotional costs often associated with litigation. The role of the mediator is to help the parties communicate and explore options which can lead to settlement. The mediator does not tell the parties how to settle their case, simply assists them in discussing ways in which they can solve their dispute on their own terms. This is accomplished in a controlled environment in which both parties can feel safe in expressing their thoughts and feelings. The skilled mediator has many tools available to him to help the parties explore solutions which may not have occurred to them. By allowing the parties to communicate freely and openly in a safe environment, the mediator can improve each party's understanding of the other party's perspective.