Mediation provides a good alternative to litigation for many couples going through a divorce. Mediation is almost always less adversarial, and can be less costly than traditional dissolution proceedings. Throughout the mediation process, the spouses meet with a neutral third-party, or mediator, to discuss the pending dissolution. The mediator provides each spouse with the information necessary for them to reach their stated goals. The mediator does not take sides with either party and does not offer advice that gives one spouse an advantage over the other. Ideally, parties to mediation work with the mediator to arrive at a mutually acceptable dissolution agreement. Parties can hire a mediator with or without hiring separate counsel to represent their personal interests.