Going through a divorce is stressful, even if the split is amicable. Aside from all the legal hoops that need to be jumped through, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. No matter how much you believe that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can handle things on your own, it's going to be very beneficial having a mediator to act as an unbiased third-party. A mediator works on behalf of both spouses, they don't take sides.
Most couples who chose the mediation route in lieu of hiring separate attorneys do so because their split is amicable. Both parties likely share similar thoughts on how the divorce should be handled and the mediator's goal is to make sure that the final agreement leaves both parties feeling satisfied.
Here are a few major benefits to choosing mediation over litigation:
Listening to both sides
As stated above, a mediator is not there to take sides. They work hard to understand each position and gather as much information about the marriage as possible.
More cost effective
Mediation is considerably less expensive than litigation. Why pay for separate lawyers, motion papers and court fees if you don't have to?
No court-ordered arrangement
Not having a court-ordered divorce agreement allows you to customize an arrangement that suits both of your needs. A mediator will also be able to offer advice on the legal system and how the courts might rule on a specific issue.
With mediation, nothing is a matter of public record. Anything you share during sessions will remain strictly confidential.
Controlling the outcome
Don't let the courts make decisions on your behalf. Litigation involves a court order which you're legally obligated to follow. Mediation gives you the freedom to control your own outcome.