Mediation gives couples who are separating/divorcing the following advantages over litigating:
COST – The Mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. Because both parties are working with the same base of information ,it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense to both parties. Therefore taking less time to reach resolutions means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.
WIN/WIN SITUATION – Keep in mind ,litigated cases lead to more anger and frustration between the divorcing parties.Not many people walk away from a litigated divorce feeling peaceful. On the other-hand, couples who have gone through mediation felt satisfied with the agreements they had reached and both walked away feeling that they had gotten what they had wanted.
CONTROL – Mediation thus increases the control the parties have over their lives. In a court case ,the parties obtain a resolution but control resides with a judge .Who would you rather have decide what happens with your children and assets after a divorce? Who knows more about you ,attorneys ,judges or you? With Mediation you are given the opportunity to remain in control.