Parties can often schedule mediation within weeks of a choice to mediate or a court order to mediate. Non-adversarialism relies on the actual strategy of mediation. Mediation is designed to conclude with an agreement rather than a winner and loser. Transformative mediation looks at conflict as a crisis in communication. If you need to hire an legal professional for any part of the mediation, that cost is yours. During the mediation, each side presents its view of the problem, and the mediator will work with all sides in a caucus to try to work out a settlement.