Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, the mediator, facilitates discussions between parties involved in a dispute. The mediator uses their skills to help parties communicate effectively and find a mutually agreeable resolution.

Confidentiality is an important element in mediation, and the process encourages the preservation of relationships. Mediation typically follows a step-by-step process, including gathering written reports from both sides, private conversations with each party, joint calls, or documents to lay out the key points of the dispute, and proposing solutions for parties to comment on. The mediator has no power to enforce a resolution and does not take sides but works objectively to help parties reach a compromise.

Mediation is often faster, cost-effective, and encourages active participation in finding a solution. In third-party reproduction, mediation can be beneficial in resolving disputes and helping parties create a family.