Family and divorce mediation is a process in which a mediator, an impartial third party, facilitates the resolution of family disputes by promoting a voluntary agreement between participants.   The family mediator assists in communication, encourages understanding, and focuses the participants on their individual and common interests.  The family mediator works with the participants to explore options, make decisions, and reach their own agreements.

The mediation process can increase positive communication between participants, allow for decision-making through self-determination, promote the best interests of the children, and reduce the economic costs and emotional stresses associated with divorce and/or separation.

Effective mediation requires that the family mediator be qualified through training and hands-on experience. Also, the family mediator must be impartial, allow the participants to reach their decisions voluntarily, be aware of the impact of culture and diversity, consider the best interests of the children, and be aware of the safety of all interested parties.