In recent years courts have turned to mediation as a way for people to resolve their legal differences. In most civil and family law matters, you will often find that your case has been referred to “mediation.” Mediation is a process where the parties are assembled to discuss the case, explore settlement opportunities and try to resolve their differences without having to go through the courtroom process. Douglas E. Johnston is a registered civil and family law mediator. John D. Cowan and Joshua I. Tourkow are registered family law mediators. As family law mediators, the attorneys can also serve as family law arbitrators.