Mediation offers divorcing, separating and other couples a fair process in which they can discuss and decide for themselves arrangements for their children, support and property division. The parties jointly hire a mediator to act not as the attorney for either or both, but as a neutral mediator. During a series of mediation sessions, the couple works out a mutually satisfactory plan covering the children’s living arrangements, the financial needs of each member of the family, the home and other assets and debts of the parties. Both are free to consult with a lawyer or other advisor at any time. The process is designed to reduce the adversarial element often encountered in a divorce proceeding and also to save time and money.