Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that can be used in family law matters. It is an alternative to the traditional approach of litigation. Rather than the parties arguing their respective positions before a judge, magistrate or domestic relations commissioner, the parties work with a neutral third party specially trained as a mediator.

The mediator facilitates the discussion of the parties and their attorneys, (if they choose to have attorneys present). The mediator identifies the issues, helps the clients generate options for a resolution and ultimately help them reach an agreement. Mediation allows the clients in a family law matter to retain control of their solution rather than put major decisions regarding their finances and children in the hands of a judge, magistrate or domestic relations commissioner that does not personally know the parties.