Family Mediation

Mediation is a popular form of resolving disputes that arise in family law cases such as divorce and parenting. The Family Division promotes mediation by offering Court-appointed, certified family law mediators to parties with pending cases in the Court. The mediators do not provide legal advice or opinions. They help the parties communicate, focusing on the resolution of the issues at hand instead of being distracted or controlled by the naturally high emotions that come into play when dealing with family law issues involving the breakdown of the marriage and the parenting of children. Mediators help the parties to come up with solutions and move forward, working together to co-parent their children and divide up their assets and liabilities amicably. In the process, the would-be litigants may craft their own agreement, maintain their own priorities, avoid the stress of Court proceedings, and save time and money.