Mediation may feel like a new idea, but it's increasingly well known and widely accepted. In a mediation, the parties meet with a neutral mediator. With the mediator's guidance, the parties work through the issues to enable them to resolve their dispute.
Mediation is flexible, voluntary and confidential. Nothing shared in mediation can be used by either party outside the mediation process. The mediator remains neutral between the parties, which means the mediator won't give advice to either party and also can't act as a lawyer for either party. What the mediator can do, though, is explain to both parties issues to be aware of about what they're trying to accomplish. That open and free exchange of information allows both spouses to negotiate with each other in confidence. Because both spouses are working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that is acceptable to both parties.