Recently Shelley Goff has become a registered to conduct family law mediations for child custody and visitation cases. A mediator is a neutral third party that helps couples going through a divorce try to work out issues without the expense of going to court. In doing so, she does not render legal advise. The parties to the mediation may, but are not required to have legal representation at the mediation while they try to work out their differences in hopes of limiting or eliminating the issues that they raise in court. Often mediations are an efficient and economical method of handling family law issues. Under some circumstances, courts require parties to attempt to resolve their disputes through mediation before litigating the issues in court.