In an effort to avoid divorce or possible separation through a court trial or to undergo a lengthy legal process and to settle a court case in an amicable way, a court may recommend that a married couple undergo marriage mediation. Marriage mediation is a considered a form of alternative dispute resolution or appropriate dispute resolution. This kind of resolution is achieved through a third party who has no involvement with either member of the married couple.
Marriage mediation is often sought voluntarily and helps in settling any disputes between married couples in an effort to keep them together. Both parties involved in the conflict are willing participants in marriage mediation. Because parties involved in marriage mediation are willing participants, they have the choice to end the session at any time. There are many reasons as to why a party may choose to end sessions, mostly because negotiations are not benefitting either member of the marriage.
A mediator, the third party, guides the process of resolution but cannot impose any kind of solution. The role of the mediator is to facilitate a resolution that is amenable to both parties. Not just any individual qualifies as a mediator. There are certain skills and techniques that mediators possess, which they acquire from training and seminars. Thus, mediators are usually accredited individuals who can be recommended by the court.
Once marriage mediation has resulted into an agreement, this agreement is formalized through a written contract signed by both parties. The contract is then binding upon all involved parties.