What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party facilitates agreement between the parties. The mediator provides assistance to the parties by giving ideas and assisting the parties in coming up with their own options. The goal of the mediation process is not necessarily to reach a result identical to what anyone else has done, but rather to create a solution that works for these particular parties. It is also the role of the mediator to facilitate communication between the parties, to keep the parties on track and not to digress too far into irrelevant discussions. The mediation process is designed to look at the underlying concerns of the parties and to seek options that might address those underlying concerns.