Most family law cases are settled prior to trial. Mediation is a procedure to assist you and your spouse, or you and the other parent, in reaching an agreement without further litigation or trial. Its purpose is to help parties reach a solution, arrive at agreeable terms and avoid the added emotional stress and expense of litigation. In addition, the mediator is a neutral professional who can identify and help resolve the issues that the parties cannot resolve on their own. An agreement reached at mediation is also often more creative and better suited for you and your family. Whereas in a trial, a judge who does not know you or your family, makes the ultimate decision that will affect your life.