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Mediation: A guide for beginners

What is a mediator?

A mediator is a neutral third party that is appointed to help people resolve a conflict. For example, if a couple wanted to get divorced and would prefer not to incur the cost of lawyers and possibly months of litigation, they would hire a mediator to assist them in their separation. A mediator, unlike a lawyer, does not choose sides or influence the decision of either party. They are simply there to listen and help the parties reach common ground.

What does a mediation process entail?