Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which a trained neutral mediator facilitates communication between the parties and, without deciding the issues or imposing a solution on the parties, enables them to understand and reach a mutually agreeable resolution to their dispute. It helps the parties understand and recognize their underlying needs, overlapping interests and areas of agreement.
In Virginia using a mediation process is voluntary. The mediation process is confidential and used in many proceedings.
The court offers a variety of dispute resolution services, some of which may be available at no cost. The court hosts a general directory of private providers, as well as a link to the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. Also, be sure to check with your local court or local law library.