I meet with each party first to ensure they are ready, willing and able to participate. If the parties have a lawyer, they are welcome to attend the mediation sessions. After both pre-mediations meetings, the first mediation session is scheduled with all three individuals present. Sometimes when being in the same room is not an option, shuttle mediation may work. This is when each party is in a separate room and I go back and forth between rooms.
You may try mediation at any time, even if a court case has been started.
You can be referred to mediation by a lawyer, a friend or yourself!