Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation Law Law and Legal Definition

Mediation is a non-adversarial method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a neutral third party helps resolve a dispute. The mediator does not have the power to render a decision on the matter or order an outcome. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, the parties can pursue a lawsuit.

Mediation is often used to help a divorcing or divorced couple work out their differences concerning alimony, child support, custody, visitation and division of property. Some lawyers and mental health professionals employ mediation as part of their practice. Some states require mediation in custody and visitation disputes. Other states allow courts to order mediation and a few states have started using mediation to resolve financial issues as well.

Relevant legal forms include:

AOC-CV-632; Motion and Order to Waive Custody Mediation
AOC-CV-634; Motion and Order to Return to Custody Mediation
AOC Official Forms - Civil Forms - Family Financial Settlement Forms
AOC-CV-824; Order for Mediation Settlement Conference in Family Financial Case
DRC-3; Application for Certification to Conduct Family Financial Mediations
AOC Official Forms - Civil Forms - Mediated - Y2K Mediation
AOC-CV-830; Request for Prelitigation Mediation of Year 2000 Dispute
DRC-1; Application for Certification to Conduct Superior Court Mediations
AOC-CV-820; Request for Prelitigation Mediation of Farm Nuisance Dispute
AOC-CV-822; Waiver of Prelitigation Mediation in Farm Nuisance Dispute
AOC-CV-811; Order for Mediation Settlement Conference and Trial Calendar Notice
AOC-CV-831; Appointment of Mediator in Prelitigation Mediation of Year 2000 Dispute
AOC-CV-832; Waiver or Refusal of Prelitigation Mediation of Year 2000 Dispute
AOC-CV-833; Mediator's Certification in Prelitigation Mediation of Year 2000 Dispute
Motion to Waive Mediation Requirement
Order to Waive Mediation
Motion and Affidavit for Order to Show Cause with waiver of mediation 6 pgs.
Florida Middle District - Federal Court Mediation Description of the Process
Mediation Report
Motion & Affidavit for Waiver of Mediation
Response to Motion; Affidavit for Waiver of Mediation
Mandatory Education Classes and Mandatory Mediation Consultation -Checklist
Mediation Clause for Uncontested Divorce (for use in Dissolution Agreement)
Minnesota Family - Domestic Law Forms - Dissolution - Orders - Mediation
Order Assigning Case for Family Law Mediation
Partnerships - Drafting the Joint Venture Agreement-Mediation Clauses
Agreement for Mediation
Request for Voluntary Mediation - Workers' Compensation
Notice Of Claim, Request For Hearing, Request For Mediation - Workers' Compensation
Request for Mediation - Workers' Compensation