Good article from the Huffington Post on divorce mediation. I like the following description:
Divorce mediation is an out-of-court dispute-resolution tool that helps people settle their differences sensibly and with the legal system having only minimal involvement.
It provides a structured process that minimizes the defensiveness and friction that are normally present during spousal settlement conversations. It does this by creating a non-confrontational atmosphere that encourages the spouses to put their best foot forward when they are presenting their thoughts and concerns to one another.
I also like the caveat at the end of the article - and I agree fully that there is no down-side:
Divorce mediation is not for every couple, and it is not for every situation. However, it has no down-side and can help people save time, energy, and expense, not to mention wear and tear on the family unit.
Check out the full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-richard-kulerski/what-most-people-dont-kno_b_1220249.html