Mediation is a method of dispute resolution, which can be used by couples going through a divorce. It is a voluntary and informal process requiring the attendance of both parties. Mediation can take place at any time within legal proceedings. The mediator is a neutral third party. His role is not to judge or make decisions, but to manage the discussions between the couple so that a negotiated settlement can hopefully be reached.
During a claim for a financial order, a Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) meeting takes place. This is a meeting between the parties for the purposes of discussion and negotiation. The District Judge handles the FDR and the aim is for the parties to use their best endeavours to settle the dispute or to at least, narrow the issues between them. The FDR has similar goals to a mediation.