In divorce mediation, you and your spouse work with a neutral mediator to reach agreements. It is a way to make the important decisions about your future yourselves instead of having a judge make those decisions for you. The mediator does not make the decisions. Instead, the mediator keeps your conversations on track and helps to create an environment so you and your spouse can work and make good decisions together. Oftentimes, when spouses are getting divorced, their ability to communicate well can be impaired; mediation helps spouses communicate and reach an understanding about key information for productive conversations. Mediation can help you discuss difficult issues, and it can help ensure that you have covered all the things that need to be covered. A skilled divorce mediator has experience in helping people through divorce, familiarity with all the issues that divorce presents (financial, parenting, emotional), and can facilitate the discussions that are necessary to reach agreements.