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What is mediation?

Mediation is a conflict resolution process in which two or more parties involved in a dispute meet with a neutral third-party mediator to discuss the issues and attempt to reach a voluntary agreement. 

What is the role of the mediator?

The mediator guides discussion between the parties to help them develop their own resolution to their issues and concerns. Agreements are reached by mutual consent of all parties. Mediators do not take sides, make decisions, or give legal advice.

Can a mediator be used for personal disputes where legal action is not being pursued?

Yes. You do not have to be pursing legal action against someone to use a mediator. You may need to manage a dispute with an ex-spouse or parent. You may desire to fix a broken relationship or need assistance in the re-unification process. Sometimes utilizing a 3rd party makes it easier to take those difficult steps to find closure.

How much does a mediation cost?

The cost of mediation depends on the type of case and how it is referred. Parties typically split the fee unless other arrangements are made.  If you need a co-parenting mediation and you pay child support, you may qualify for free mediation.  To see if you qualify for a free mediation, go to and click, ¨Request a Service.¨

How long does a mediation take?

Mediation sessions are typically 1-2 hours. It is at the end of the session when parties decide if another mediation needs to be scheduled. Typically, family mediation involving custody and divorce takes multiple sessions, but still much more effective and quicker than waiting on a judge to decide for you. 

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