Mediation is a way for parties to settle a case without having to go before a judge. In Mediation, the mediator will act as a go-between for the two parties. The case can be resolved at mediation but it does not have to be. Usually meditation takes at least three hours in a family law case but it can take much longer and sometimes parties have to attend multiple mediations to arrive at a resolution. If the parties can not agree, the case will have to be decided by a judge.