When most people think of mediation in the family context, they think of divorce.  However, mediation is valuable in other ways than dissolving a marriage.  It can help the parties communicate better and stay together.  It is not therapy in the traditional sense.  It helps the parties communicate better.  Breakdowns in communication are often the cause of strife.  Actually, many family issues can be resolved with mediation.  View this video (and read the article) for more .