What is Mediation?

Mediation is one of form of alternative dispute resolution processes in which a neutral third party assists the parties in dispute in reaching an agreement. During mediation, the parties retain control of the outcome, as opposed to litigation, in which the Judge will determine the outcome of lawsuit. In mediation, the neutral,'s who is known as the mediator, role is to facilitate the communication between the parties in reaching a voluntary agreement, and also has the responsibility of structuring the process to facilitate those talks. 

Are Mediators certified?

It depends on the jurisdiction. However, in Missouri, there are no certification requirements for Mediators. But, in order to be referred civil and domestic relation cases pending in Missouri Courts, Mediators must have received the required training to be referred civil cases under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17, and in matters involving domestic relations, such as divorce and child custody, mediators must be qualified under Missouri Supreme Court Rule 88.. Most courts in Missouri have an approved list of mediators who are eligible to be referred court mandated mediation.