During mediation an independent third party assists both you and your former partner to find a mutually acceptable solution to your dispute, whether the dispute is about arrangements for your children or about a financial settlement. You will see a mediator with your former partner and you can also seek legal advice from your solicitor throughout the mediation process. Your solicitor does not usually accompany you to mediation sessions. During the collaborative process, you and your former partner will resolve your dispute in a series of meetings. The meetings take place with both of your solicitors present, and both solicitors will assist and advise you to find a solution to your dispute.