The video below touches upon the role and function of mediation in a divorce case. Mediation is considered a settlement conference so the mediator cannot be issued a subpoena to divulge information that was obtained during mediation. In many cases, mediation can be a tool to move the parties closer to a full settlement. By having an independent person listen, explain and provide a pathway to resolution, some very difficult cases can be resolved. However, each party must be fully engaged and willing to give the mediation a chance. If one or both parties are unwilling to do so, then the mediation will likely result in no progress.