Mediation is a process by which a mediator – ideally a lawyer with extensive Family Court experience – meets with the parties, either individually or together, with their own lawyers or without – to help them reach an agreement on the issues. The mediator does not represent either of the parties. The mediator is not a judge, and does not make any decisions in the case. Mediated agreements must be approved by the Family Court and made into a Family Court Order before they are enforceable. Mediation is an excellent alternative to litigation. Natalie Bluestein is a certified Family Court Mediator, and frequently mediates cases in our office.