Mediation and dispute resolution is a cost saving method for resolving your marital problems in the divorce setting. After financial disclosure with one another, the parties and their respective attorneys meet with a professional mediator, experienced in settling divorce cases. The mediation conference can occur before the actual divorce proceeding is filed at the court house or it will occur during the litigation concerning the divorce. All issues are submitted for resolution, whether the matters involve the children, assets and debts, alimony, attorney fees, your litigation costs, the home and/or personal property such as the cars. The benefit of mediation is that the parties can fashion a resolution to their divorce case in a manner that is suitable to their particular circumstances. The mediation conference is confidential. The mediation conference can last several hours or a day or more depending on the number of issues the parties are disputing. If the case is not settled, an impasse is declared. If the case is settled during the conference, a written mediation agreement is prepared which sets for the parties agreement. It is signed by the parties. Then, the written agreement sent to the Courthouse and Judge for the Judge’s approval and a hearing for the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.