Q: A friend told me that he and his ex-wife went to a mediator when they were going through a divorce. What is mediation? Is mediation required in order to obtain a divorce? What does it cost to mediate? Do attorneys need to be at the mediation? What are the benefits of mediation?
A: Mediation is a process by which the parties meet with a third party neutral, the mediator, to determine areas of agreement, areas of dispute, and options to resolve