If you reach an agreement in mediation, you do not have to appear in front of a judge or walk into a public courtroom.
Even if you confer with an independent lawyer during the process, the cost of Mediation is less than courtroom litigation.
Decisions are made by the parties – not mandated by a Judge, evaluator or arbitrator. The parties determine the process, schedule and dates of appointments.
Who wants more conflict? Especially when emotions are high. A working relationship can feel empowering and reduce anger. Granted, you generally will not get your best case scenario in Mediation, but at least you can work cooperatively towards a result you can live with as opposed to a feeling of someone won / someone lost.