No. Mediators do not provide marital counseling nor do they provide legal advice. When engaging with a mediator, couples talk through divorce issues that are important to them, which they need to resolve in order to get divorced. The mediator’s role is to be a guide who facilitates these conversations so that couples can have difficult discussions in respectful and fair ways. Both perspectives on the issues are heard. The mediator is neutral and does not represent any particular side. The mediator does not advocate for any position, other than to help the couples reach agreements on the issues that they choose to address so that they, not a court, make the decisions.