Mediation is a conflict resolution process by which disagreeing parties, with the assistance of a neutral third party, systematically develop options, consider alternatives, and reach a consensual settlement to their disagreement. Mediation is a self-empowering process that emphasizes the participants’ responsibility for making decisions that affect their lives. Not only is mediation relatively peaceful, but it is much less costly than the litigation process.
Mediation over custody and visitation is also available through Court and is usually ordered when custody is in dispute.
Mediation, however, may not always serve as the best option. For example, where the parties are unable to work with one another and, certainly, where one party overpowers the other or in cases involving domestic violence.