Mediation is a process used to settle cases already in the court system in an effort to avoid trial. In Florida, every litigated family law case filed must go through the mediation process before a trial date can be set. A mediator, or a third-party neutral person, attempts to get both sides to concede issues in an effort to “meet in the middle” and resolve the dispute. A collaborative divorce is, quite simply, not litigated. The parties agree at the beginning of the case not to litigate the issues in court.