Mediation is commonly used in every area of the law. In fact, most courts require at least an attempt at mediation before a case can go to trial. This is no different in family law cases. In fact, mediation in divorce and family law cases is both required and highly effective.
Mediation in divorce and family law cases is in New Mexico generally referred to as settlement facilitation. Despite the use of the term settlement facilitation, it is often referred to as mediation so we will stick with that term here. Mediation in family courts, and in larger civil court cases, is a little bit different than what some may envision as mediation.