Source: (1982) In: H. Davidson et al. (eds.), Alternative Means of Family Dispute Resolution. Washington, DC: American Bar Association National Legal Resource Center for Child Advocacy and Protection.This article explains how divorcing couples can now work out their own settlements with the aid of a professional mediator and suggests that the mediation alternative shows promise for solving wider problems as well: from community controversies to international tensions. The article cites the advantages of mediation over court battles, especially in family dispute settlement and such matters as child custody. Initiated by ethnic communities (Chinese, Jewish), mediation services are gaining momentum throughout the country and receiving national attention and support.