Mediation is an informal process where an independent person, called the mediator, helps the different sides in a dispute to reach an agreement that all sides accept. Mediation can identify issues or misunderstandings and help all sides agree on a solution or compromise.
The mediator is not a judge and does not make a decision or force a solution on either side. Instead, the mediator helps those involved talk to each other, which helps them to resolve the dispute themselves.
Lawyers for all sides may be at the mediation session. The mediation process usually takes less than half a day, and the expense is usually shared equally by the parties.
For more information or to find a mediator, visit the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.