Mediation is a centered resolution process assisted by an impartial trained third party to assist the parties in reaching an informed and consensual agreement. Many parents find the process useful in figuring out which custody and visitation arrangement can work best for them and their child. Mediation typically provides a non-adversarial setting in which to resolve the conflicts that arise over financial, parenting, and other issues. It allows the parents to control many aspects of the court process, rather than deferring to a judge. Additionally, parties who are able to reach an agreement in mediation can save significant court costs and attorneys’ fees.