Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method for settling divorce or other legal matters. It involves both parties settling on the details of their divorce with a neutral mediator going between the parties to facilitate the negotiation.
Three of the benefits of mediation include:
Efficiency: Successful mediation allows divorcing couples to avoid the delays and costs associated with traditional divorce litigation.
Privacy: Mediation negotiations are conducted in a more private setting than litigation. Your discussions will not be a public record for your children or others to see.
Control: Mediation allows you to craft the details of your divorce yourself — including custody and visitation, alimony, child support and other issues — rather than having a judge make these determinations for you.