What type of proceeding is Mediation in Family Court?

  • Mediation is a procedure used in divorce, custody and child support cases whereby the two parties involved (and their attorneys, if desired) meet in the office of a mediator, and the mediator works with both parties in an attempt to arrive at an agreement, outside of formal court proceedings.
  • The mediator will not impose an agreement; rather, they will listen to both parties, and working with each party’s differing circumstances, will attempt to arrive at a mutually agreeable and workable resolution. This is true for child support and visitation issues.
  • If the parties cannot agree, then a formal court hearing will be scheduled.