Mediation is a type of "alternative dispute resolution" that allows two or more parties involved in a dispute to settle their disagreement without going to court and resorting to civil litigation. The parties will typically meet with a third party, known as a mediator, who helps them come to a mutually agreeable resolution. Mediation may be used to resolve business disputes, and to help divorcing couples reach agreement on major issues related to their split, including property division and spousal support. Homeowners' associations may also encourage fighting neighbors to consider mediation. A lawyer can help determine if mediation is appropriate in your situation. Attorneys with mediation experience can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, as well as the ramifications of a settlement agreement.