Divorce mediation involves two clients working with one neutral mediator to reach an agreement. The mediator can help clarify the issues and help the parties sort through the options. In New York, a mediator does not have to be an attorney. However, a mediator, even if he or she is an attorney, may not give legal advice. The outcome of a successful mediation is generally a memorandum of understanding which lists all the issues and all the agreements made between the parties. That’s often then taken to attorneys to draft up the agreement and the subsequent papers to complete the divorce.