Mediated divorce, also known as collaborative divorce, is a type of divorce process in which the divorcing couple works with a neutral mediator to negotiate and reach a settlement agreement that is mutually acceptable to both parties. The mediator helps the couple identify their individual needs and interests and facilitates communication between them to find common ground and reach an agreement.

Mediated divorce can be a less adversarial and more cooperative way to divorce, as it allows the couple to maintain control over the process and outcome, rather than leaving it to a judge to decide. It can also be less expensive and time-consuming than a traditional divorce process, which involves litigation.

The mediator in a mediated divorce is typically a licensed professional with training and experience in conflict resolution, such as a lawyer or a mental health professional. The mediator does not represent either party and remains neutral throughout the process.

Mediated divorce can be a good option for couples who are able to communicate and work together effectively, even if they have differences and disagreements. However, it may not be suitable for couples who are unable to work together or in situations where there is a significant power imbalance between the parties.