Court-ordered mediation is a mandatory mediation session ordered by a judge during a divorce proceeding. Court ordered mediation is something all judges will order if your case gets far enough along that trial is looming. It typically occurs well into litigation after the parties have lost significant money and time. At the end of court-ordered mediation, the court-selected mediator will provide a written report to the judge to explain the progress of the case.
Private mediation typically is done as the first step when parties decide to divorce and thus these parties have the opportunity to save time, money and emotional harm. Couples who participate in private mediation will address all aspects of their divorce and the entire process is confidential and controlled by the parties.