Mediating all aspects of a case from the start can save you time and money.
In 2008, Bonnie Erbe of U.S. News and World Report estimated that divorce costs ranged from $27,000 to as much as $78,000. Since then, costs have risen sharply.
A 2011 estimate of these costs set them between $53,000 and $188,000. Mediation, in contrast, could cost as little as $1,000 to $7,000.
In Addition, mediation is a process by which disputants attempt, in good faith, to resolve their conflict through facilitated negotiation with the assistance of one or more trained, experienced, neutral, impartial mediators. This process puts the parties in control of their own destinies and decreases the stress associated with litigation. Whereas the court gives a judge the "right" to make the ultimate decision(s) with respect to the matters in dispute.