By Farley Tolpen, CEO. One of the joys as a mediator occurs when the parties reach that “magic moment” in mediation. That is the moment where they have put aside all disputes and are working on a resolution. As an example, I recently mediated a contentious family matter in which both parties had accused the other of horrific acts. There was a history of domestic violence and the 3 children, ages 11, 7 and 5 were all in counseling and suffering from a variety of issues. We spent about 7 hours in mediation and after numerous breaks and private sessions, the parties had come to a full agreement. They also agreed to participate in co-parenting communication counseling and come back and review the care arrangements in 3 months. Both parties were relieved and satisfied that matters were going to work out in the future. While it was hard work, it was a pleasure facilitating the mediation and assisting the parties with reaching an agreement.