An informal and usually voluntary process in which a third party tries to get the husband and wife to resolve their differences without the need for litigation.

Often the mediator is an attorney who does not represent either husband or wife, but simply tells them what they are likely to get in a litigated matter and tries to get them to resolve their differences without going to court. If the parties agree, they will generally each take the agreement to his or her own lawyer to review it. The mediator’s fees are usually shared by the parties.

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