Mediation allows parties to retain control over their situation. Court proceedings are public, lengthy, and costly. This is true in Divorce and Family cases and it’s true in civil matters as well. If it matters to you to keep your conflict and your information private, try mediation before filing in court. In mediation, the mediator is a third party neutral who facilitates conversation and negotiation. All parties in a mediation are bound by a confidentiality agreement - so what happens in mediation, stays in mediation.