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In ways similar to arbitration, mediation provides individuals and businesses with a method of resolving disputes out of court. Mediation is different, however, in that it doesn't involve "decisions" or "rulings", and is instead intended as a way for parties to reach their own compromise. This is facilitated by a mediator who oversees the process, facilitates negotiations, and moves discussions along what will hopefully be a less confrontational, emotional, and more efficient manner than outright litigation in a courtroom. Below you can learn more about the basics of mediation, what it is, how it works, and its advantages. Articles and resources are also provided dealing with the actual process of mediating disputes.