Mediation is a process in which a trained third party helps people or groups involved in a conflict identify their differences, discuss them, and work toward a solution they can live with. Unlike a judge or jury, an effective mediator doesn't offer any ruling or opinion. Instead he or she remains neutral throughout the process, helping the people involved understand what’s at stake and make their own decisions.
Because mediation is voluntary, confidential, and non-adversarial, it can help promote trust and allow people to express differences, reach decisions, and move forward. Moving forward can mean preserving and protecting relationships or ending connections in constructive ways. If you want a cost-effective, respectful approach that allows you to control your fate and protects everyone's dignity, this is a good way to go.