What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a process by which a mediator – ideally a lawyer with extensive family court experience – meets with the parties, either individually or together, with their own lawyers or without – to help them reach an agreement on the issues. The mediator does not represent either of the parties. The mediator is not a judge, and does not make any decisions in the case. Mediated agreements must be approved by the family court and made into a family court order before they are enforceable. Mediation is an excellent alternative to litigation. Natalie Bluestein is a certified family court mediator, and frequently mediates cases in our office.