Mediation is a process using a mediator, usually a volunteer lawyer or former Marital Master. The mediator has no interest in the case and cannot compel the parties to settle.
Mediation is a method by which both parties commit to considering alternative, and sometimes creative, outcomes to the issues in dispute. In a phrase, someone pays more than he/she wants to pay and someone agrees to receive less than he/she wants. In considering any offer or counter offer, each party must consider the inherent risks associated with trial, as well as the financial and emotional costs associated with prolonging the litigation.
Mediation can resolve any issue arising between to spouses/parents at any point during the litigation. Frequently, mediation can be used to resolve some, but not all, of the issues in dispute.