In mediation, the parties hire a neutral third party to assist them in reaching agreements concerning their divorce. The mediator can provide information about the divorce process and guide a discussion to help resolve issues. The mediator does not represent either party and cannot provide legal advice.
Mediation may occur with parties who have hired attorneys or parties who are not represented. The parties communicate with one another directly in the presence of the mediator. The goal of mediation is to allow parties to reach agreements that meet the needs of both parties and their children without the financial and emotional cost of a court battle.
If the parties proceed in mediation without attorneys, they are responsible for preparing all the required forms for the court, though a mediator may help prepare forms for the parties. The parties must also appear on the record at court for their final hearing to have their agreement approved and the divorce judgment granted.