In mediation both parties meet with a neutral party (the mediator) typically without attorneys to negotiate a settlement. A mediator has no power to make decisions regarding your case and will not give you legal advice. Typically a mediator will work to hear the goals of each party and engage the parties in exercising problem solving skills needed to generate options and ideas to help the parties resolve their conflicts. Mediation can be done in person or by zoom. It is important to be respective of the other party and mediator. The mediation process can be cost effective as the parties usually share the rate or divide it in proportion to income and each party will sign a mediation agreement reflecting the mediation rate and payment terms. You will also sign a confidentiality agreement which provides peace of mind that what is discussed during mediation cannot be used in a court proceeding against either party. The parties will be asked to complete an intake form prior to the first session for the mediator’s review. The sessions typically last from one and half to two hours. If additional appointments are needed, they are usually made before leaving the session. Upon resolution of any issues, the mediator will draft a memorandum of understanding and have the parties review and sign it if they believe it reflects their agreement. People often will often go back to their mediator to resolve any post decree matters arising in the future.